Joe Biden honors war dead at Arlington, implores nation to heal – News Vibe24

    Joe Biden honors war dead at Arlington, implores nation to heal - Times of India
    ARLINGTON: President Joe Biden commemorates America’s dead war at Arlington National Cemetery on Remembrance Day, laying a wreath at the Holy Sepulcher and awarding the sacrifices of the fallen for the pursuit of American democracy.
    Biden referred to the iconic battles of history and united them to this day as he called on the Americans to overcome the disputes that stretch the union, which he described in strong terms.
    The president was joined Monday by First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Lady Doug Emhoff in a mourning ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Virginia Cemetery, which is dedicated to deceased members of the service have been identified.
    His face tight with emotion, Biden walked up to the wreath, looking at it in his hands in silent reflection and then made the sign of the cross. His eyes were wet. The assembled officials and the military families were silenced and officially the voice of the firecrackers was loud.
    In remarks that followed, Biden called on Americans to honor their fallen heroes and remember their struggle for the nation’s ideals.
    “This nation was based on an idea,” Biden said. “We built on an idea, the idea of ​​freedom and opportunity for all. “We never fully realized this ambition of our founders, but each generation opened the door a little wider.”
    He focused much of his speech on the importance of democracy, saying it thrives when citizens can vote, when there is a free press and when there are equal rights for all.
    “Generation after generation of American heroes have registered to take part in the struggle because they understand the truth that lives in every American heart: that liberation, opportunity, justice is much more likely to happen in a democracy than in an authoritarian state.” Biden said. “These Americans did not fight for dictators, they fought for democracy. They did not fight to exclude or enslave, they fought to build and to expand and to liberate.”
    But he suggested that these ideals are unstable.
    “America’s soul comes alive from the eternal battle between our worst instincts we’ve seen since the end, and our best angels,” he said. “Among me first are us humans. Between greed and generosity, cruelty and kindness, captivity and freedom.”
    After the ceremony, the Bidens stopped by a series of tombstones in a cemetery where about 400,000 are buried in the gentle hills and cavities.
    The Bidens held hands and walked in the rows of Section 12, one of the main burial sites of members of the service who were killed abroad and repatriated to the United States after World War II and the Korean War. They stopped talking to many families visiting the graves of their loved ones or looking for them – one family came to find a great uncle who was missing in action since World War II.
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Mark Miley, president of the Chiefs of Staff, joined Biden and Harris at the ceremony.
    On Sunday, Biden spoke to a number of Gold Star military families and other veterans at a ceremony at War Memorial Plaza in Delaware New Castle. Earlier in the day, he and other family members attended a memorial service for the son of Beau Biden, a veteran who died of brain cancer six years ago.