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Biden honors fallen service members on Memorial Day

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

“Remember their sacrifice, their valor and their grace,” Biden said. “Remember their smiles, their loves, their laughter, their essential vibrant and transcendent humanity.”

The President said: “We must honor their sacrifice by sustaining the best of America while honestly confronting all that we must do to make our nation fuller, freer and more just.”

Biden praised the generations of service members who have “made the ultimate sacrifice” to protect the country and the ideals it stands for.

He spoke of the rising wave of autocratic rule across the world and argued, as he often does, that “liberation, opportunity, justice are far more likely to come to pass in an democracy than an autocracy.”

“This nation was built on an idea, the only nation in the world built on an idea. Every other nation is built on ethnicity, geography, religion, etcetera. We were built on an idea, the idea of liberty, an opportunity for all,” Biden said.

He continued: “We’ve never fully realized that aspiration of our founding, but every generation has opened the door a little wider and every generation has opened it wider and wider to be more inclusive.”

Biden said the diversity of the nation and its armed forces has been “an incredible strength,” and noted Americans of all backgrounds, races, identities and sexual orientations have sacrificed their lives to defend the nation’s democracy.

“Empathy is the fuel of democracy,” the President said. “Our willingness to see each other not as enemies, neighbors, even when we disagree, to understand what the other is going through.”

The President spoke about the death of his own son, Beau Biden, who was an Iraq War veteran. Sunday marked the sixth anniversary of Beau Biden’s death.

“To those who mourn a loved one today, Jill and I have some idea how you’re feeling. Our losses are not the same, but that black hole you feel in your chest, as if it’s going to suck you into it, we get,” Biden said.

He said the anniversary of his son’s death is a difficult time of year for him and his family and that he always feels close to his son on Memorial Day.

“It can hurt to remember, but the hurt is how we feel and how we heal,” Biden said.

Beau Biden was the attorney general of Delaware and a member of the Delaware National Guard, and died in 2015 at the age of 46 from brain cancer.

Earlier on Monday, Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

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  1. “Remember their sacrifice, their valor and their grace,” yeah, somebody needs to because he sure doesnt. he’s doing everything he can to destroying everything they fought and dies for

  2. For that feckless Harris today is a normal shopping day. She’s out buying shoes to cover her fugly feet and obsolete Hillary style pantsuits.

  3. The treasonous trumpite filth can’t even restrian themselves from committing treason on this sacred day when we honor our fallen heroes. What pieces of human scum.

    1. Biden couldn’t care lees about the fallen, there is no “kick back” in it for him and his crime family. As for you, turner, I served over 20 years active duty and a tour in Vietnam, when did you serve, PUNK?

      1. That’s funny. A traitor who fought in Vietnam. If you served why are you subornning treason, insurrection, and sedition? What were you a fascist mole in our armed forces? You already admitted that you supported Trump for president so that completely erases any bonafides you might have gained by your service. You sir are a traitor of the worst kind. The kind who sells his country out and then hides behind the flag.

          1. MAGA Ronald, Trump avoided being drafted at least four times by paying doctors to document fictitious injuries. It’s no surprise a quack like you admires Trump.

        1. And YOU are a treasonous little punk. I knew you never served, you wouldn’t have made it through basic without getting your leftist beat to death.

          1. Whatever happened to Turner’s baseball bat? I heard he chickened out. All talk behind his computer. No action.

          2. The First Sergeant would have taken him behind the barracks and beat his sorry ass to a pulp.

  4. Trumpite filth acting like trumpite filth. No wonder the GOP has disintegrated. Look at that treasonous convicted felon Flynn. How many years did he serve before he became a traitor? You maggots are traitors. Stop hiding behind the flag with your weak claims of service.

    1. And I have news for you mega-mouth, I also retired from a federal law enforcement agency not long ago too. I had to tolerate self-important scum like you for over 20 years. The filter is now off, traitor.

  5. I want to thank all the families who lost a love one while serving our beautiful country. R.I.P. and may God bless their souls and protect your family. Your legacy will live on forever.

    1. Thanks for your decency and comments honoring our fallen heroes. I should never let these treasonous scum set me off. I lower myself to their level when I do. Uvacowboy at least knows right from wrong.

      1. You’re a liberal Biden supporter. You support a traitor and a criminal and a racist and a hack. You have no idea what decency is.

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