Donald Trump Honors Fallen Heroes-Not the 'Long Weekend'

Joe and Jill Biden approach Marine One on the White House lawn

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Biden will mark his first Memorial Day as commander in chief by honoring the nation's sacrifices.

President Joe Biden honored those who died serving in the military in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.

Following the ceremony around 10:30 a.m. ET, Biden will deliver an address during the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance.

Biden and his wife, Jill, visited Beau Biden's grave in DE and attended church at the cemetery in the president's home state on a cold, overcast day.

Referring to the cemetery's Section 60, the final resting place of servicemen and servicewomen killed in America's most recent conflicts, Biden said "when I walk through, it reminds me of the cost of war".

The Memorial Day weekend, long an important moment for Biden, took on added poignancy this year as the president spoke frequently and emotionally of his own loss while expressing the gratitude of a nation for the sacrifices of others. "I want to assure each of those families, we will never forget what you gave to our country".

"Our son did not die in Iraq, but he came back - went as an incredibly healthy young man and came back with a severe brain tumor because his [living quarters] was just downwind from those burn pits - I don't know if that's the reason". We must remember the debt we owe those who have paid it, and the families left behind.

"For those who mourn a loved one today, Jill and I have some idea how you're feeling".

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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. Mr. Biden leaned forward during the 75-minute ceremony of "God Breath America". When it was time, he snapped a salute to the wreath laid at the memorial.

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.

Biden (centre) has speculated toxins from military "burn pits" may have caused the cancer that led to Beau's death. I greeted him and was able to receive a warm hug and a handshake in my parish for the first time in over a year.

"I know the incredible pride you felt seeing your loved one wear the uniform of our country and the pride they felt wearing it", the president continued.

After beginning with an emotional remembrance of his late son, Biden acknowledged the unheralded sacrifices made by the service members and their families.

"The American creed is the connective tissue that binds us", Biden said.

At one point he pulled out a card from his pocket and noted the number of soldiers who died during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

He avoided most of the details of worldwide affairs on Sunday, but promised to put pressure on Russia's Vladimir Putin on human rights at a summit in Geneva next month, with the United States president Donald Trump on the world, China.

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