WASHINGTON − During his Memorial Day remarks at National Arlington Cemetery, President Joe Biden implored the nation to “never forget the price that was paid to protect our democracy.”
“Our troops have fought for our democracy and, if necessary, died for it,” Biden said after laying a wreath decorated with flowers and a red, white, and blue bow at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Today, their service and sacrifice, as well as that of their families, reverberate well beyond those mute stones.
As he has in previous years, the president commented on the passing of his son Beau Biden, an Iraq War veteran who died of brain cancer in late May 2015.
“He was not killed on the battlefield. One year after his deployment, illness took him from us,” Biden said. “As it is for a great number of you. The anguish of his loss is with us every day, but on Memorial Day it is especially acute.”
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Biden stated that it is the duty of the American people to “ensure that sacrifice was not in vain.” He stated that the nation as a whole must strive to ensure that democracy, the Constitution, and “our decency” endure.
“Together, we are not just the fortunate inheritors of their legacy,” Biden said of the deceased. “We must be the guardians of their mission and the torchbearers of liberty.”