"And Mr. President, you know firsthand the pride of seeing the loved one put on our country's uniform. I alway feel Beau close to me on Memorial Day, I always know where I need to be, right here honoring our fallen heroes".
"Democracy must be defended at all costs for democracy makes all this possible", Biden said.
President Joe Biden paid tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, speaking in deeply personal terms about overcoming loss and the importance of upholding democratic values at home and overseas. "I know how painful the loss is".
"The moment that we celebrate it is the toughest day of the year".
"Our troops have fought this battle on fields around the world but also a battle of our time, and the mission for each of us, each and every day", Biden said.
Though a tent was overhead, the cold wind whipped the rain onto the guests as they watched a lone military trumpeter play taps at a memorial to Delaware's fallen troops. They saw a trumpeter playing a tap at a monument to the dead army in Delaware. Biden appeared to pay the chill no mind, remaining for the entirety of the 75-minute ceremony and mouthing the words to the closing rendition of "God Bless America".
Biden has attended ceremonies nearly every year for decades, and first appeared at last year's event since the COVID-19 pandemic began, wearing a mask while spreading a wreath. Was. Vice President Kamala Harris, first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff also were there.
Beau Biden served two terms as Delaware's attorney general before declaring a run for governor, and many saw in him the same aspirations that brought his father to the White House.
The Bidens walked to Beau's grave, which is on the property of St. Joseph's on the Brandywine, and left flowers amid several American flags that had been placed on the well-manicured lawn next to the marker.
Biden has reflected a number of times during his remarks over the Memorial Day weekend about his son Beau's service and how he was affected by his death at the age of 46. Admitted the unprecedented sacrifices made by military personnel and their families.
In a speech at Arlington National Cemetery touching on voting rights, freedom of speech and efforts to rectify persistent economic and racial disparities, Biden warned that democracy was "in peril" in the United States and around the world in the face of autocratic forces he did not identify.
"Yesterday marked the anniversary of his death, and it's a hard time, a hard time here for me and my family, just like it is for so many of you", Biden said.
The president announced last month that the USA will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. After four years of nearly inward foreign policy under the hood, he is ready to take the lead again. "We're Americans. We're Americans who have given their lives".
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