NEW CASTLE, Del Salvador (AP) – President Joe Biden marked his first Memorial Day weekend as Commander-in-Chief honoring the nation’s sacrifices in a deeply personal way as he paid tribute to the lost as he remembered the his late son Beau, a veteran who died six years ago.
When a cold rain fell, Biden made his annual appearance at the commemoration in New Castle, not far from his Wilmington home, a day before he planned to do the same at Arlington National Cemetery on official observation.
The death of his son from brain cancer at the age of 46 is always present for the great Biden, with the loss defining much of his worldview, splattering his speeches and causing pain in his empathy for others.
Memorial Day weekend, an important time for Biden, took on more intensity this year as the president spoke frequently and emotionally about his own loss as he expressed a nation’s gratitude for the sacrifices of others. .
“I can’t thank you enough for the continued service in the country,” Biden said, addressing a crowd of Golden Star military families and other veterans at a ceremony at War Memorial Plaza in the shadow of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. “I know how much loss hurts.”
“They are the guardians of us and we are the guardians of their legacy,” Biden said of those who served in the armed forces. “Despite all the pain, I know how proud you are of the loved one you have lost.”
Even as a tent was on top, the cold wind whipped rain on guests as they watched a lone military trumpeter play keys at a memorial to fallen Delaware troops. Biden didn’t seem to care about the cold, staying throughout the 75-minute ceremony and uttering the words of the final presentation of “God Bless America.” When the time came, he made a greeting to the crown deposited on the monument.
Biden had attended the ceremony almost every year for decades, and it was at last year’s event that it first emerged since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, seen with a mask on while wearing a crown. of flowers.
Hours before Sunday’s ceremony, the president, First Lady Jill Biden and other family members attended a memorial mass for Beau Biden at his local church. After the service, the bidens greeted the desired ones outside the church and, for the first time in more than a year, were able to receive hugs and hugs from the home parish.
The Bidens walked to the tomb of Beau, which is on the property of St. Joseph, at the Brandywine, and left flowers in the middle of several American flags that had been placed on the well-kept lawn next to the marker.
Beau Biden served two terms as Delaware’s attorney general before running for governor, and many saw in him the same aspirations that brought his father to the White House. Beau Biden also served in the Delaware National Guard and, when sent to Iraq, received permission to wear a uniform with a different surname for not receiving special treatment.
This story, which Biden told a Virginia air base on Friday, was one of many times Biden’s son defined Memorial Day weekend. After beginning with an emotional memory of his late son, Biden acknowledged the sacrifices not taken by service members and their families.
“You’re the best of what the United States has to offer,” Biden said then.
Biden also highlighted his recent decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan later this year, expressing his gratitude to members of the service who made multiple trips during the longest war in the United States.
He largely avoided details of international affairs on Sunday, although he pledged to put pressure on Russian Vladimir Putin on human rights during the summit in Geneva next month and said it was the right time to show the world, and China in particular, that the United States was ready to lead again after four years of a far-reaching foreign policy under President Donald Trump.
“It’s time to remind everyone who we are,” he said.