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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"The moment that we celebrate it is the toughest day of the year".

President Joe Biden said that America is "eternally grateful" for the sacrifices made by the nation's soldiers and their families, and pleaded for Americans to remember that "we're all created equal in the image of almighty God" in remarks at Arlington Cemetery to mark Memorial Day on Monday.

Following the ceremony around 10:30 a.m. ET, Biden will deliver an address during the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance. "7,036 fallen angels who have lost their lives in these conflicts and this Memorial Day we honor the legacy and the sacrifice", Biden said.

The death of his son from a brain tumor at the age of 46 has always been present for Elder Biden, whose loss defines much of his worldview, is scattered in speeches, and arouses empathy for others who are painful.

His speech Monday focused on the ultimate sacrifice - USA service members dying for their country - and what he said President Lincoln called "the last full measure of devotion". "I know nothing I can say to ease the pain". US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milly will also speak.

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

The tent was overhead, but the cold wind blew the rain over the guests. When it was time, he salutes the wreath on the monument.

Biden had attended the ceremony almost every year for decades, and it was at last year's event when he emerged for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, spotted with a mask while laying a wreath.

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. 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.

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.

Beau Biden, a former DE attorney-general, died of brain cancer in 2015 at age 46.

On Friday in Hampton, Virginia, Biden shared details about Beau, who deployed to Iraq in 2008 with the Delaware National Guard. "My heart is torn in half by the grief", Biden said. He said he carries a piece of paper in his jacket pocket with the number of troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Democracy thrives, and the infrastructure of democracy is strong, when people have the right to vote freely and fairly and conveniently, on a free and independent press to pursue the truth, followed on facts, not propaganda, on the rule of law applied equally and fairly to every citizen, regardless of where they come from, what they look like", Biden said.

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