“Remember their sacrifice, their bravery 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 supporting the best of America while honestly facing whatever we need to do to make our nation fuller, freer and more just.”
Biden praised generations of military personnel who “made the ultimate sacrifice” to protect the country and the ideals it stands for.
“This nation was built on an idea, the only nation in the world built on an idea. All other nations are built on ethnicity, geography, religion, etc. We were built on an idea, the idea. of freedom, an opportunity for all, ”Biden said.
He continued, “We have never fully realized this aspiration of our foundation, but each generation has opened the door a little wider and each generation has opened it more and more to be more inclusive.”
Biden said the diversity of the nation and its armed forces has been “an incredible strength” and that Americans of all backgrounds, races, identities and sexual orientations have sacrificed their lives to defend the country’s democracy.
“Empathy is the fuel of democracy,” said the president. “Our desire not to see ourselves as enemies, neighbors, even when we disagree, to understand what the other is going through.”
The president spoke of 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 are mourning a loved one today, Jill and I have an idea of how you feel. Our losses are not the same, but this black hole that you feel in your chest, as if it is going to suck you in. in it, get us, ”Biden said.
He said the anniversary of his son’s death was a difficult time of year for him and his family and that he always felt close to his son on Remembrance Day.
“It may hurt to remember, but pain is the way we feel and how we heal,” Biden said.
Beau Biden was a Delaware Attorney General and a member of the Delaware National Guard, who died in 2015 at the age of 46 from brain cancer.
Earlier Monday, Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Mr. Doug Emhoff, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley attended at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown. Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
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