Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazin ) In Monday’s Memorial Day speech given at Arlington National Cemetery, President Joe Biden pledged never to “forget or fail to honor fallen veterans’ sacrifice.” Biden continued by saying that “democracy is worth fighting for and dying for.”
Biden spoke to military officials as well as those people who have lost military family or friends. This was done after a wreath-laying ceremony, which took place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Biden stated, “Democracy itself is in peril, here at home and around the world. What we do now, how we honor the memory of the fallen, will determine whether or not democracy will long endure.”
Biden took time to praise all the veteran’s sacrifices for their beloved country. In addition, throughout his speech, Biden defended our democracy’s hopes and ambitions. He continued by calling empathy “the fuel of democracy.”
Biden also stated that “we all take democracy for granted.” He continued by saying that “the biggest question is whether the system of democracy can win out over opposing powerful forces.”
Previously, Biden had said that we must be competitive with China. What happens today will “help determine whether democracy or autocracy wins out.” Biden will meet next month in Europe with NATO and European Union allies. Then in Geneva on June 16, Biden will meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
Biden declared, “Democracy thrives when the infrastructure of democracy is strong. It’s when people have the right to vote freely and fairly and conveniently.” Biden told Americans that he can connect to families who have lost veterans. His son, the Beau, died six years ago this Sunday from brain cancer. He, too, was a veteran.
Biden continued his speech by saying, “It’s a hard time of year for me and our family. Just like it is for so many of you. It can hurt to remember. But the hurt is how we feel and how we heal.”
On this past Sunday, Biden spoke in New Castle, Delaware, at a ceremony that he has attended for decades. At the ceremony, he mentioned his son, Beau, and said that military members are “the guardians of us and we’re the guardians of their legacy.”