"7,036 fallen angels who have lost their lives in these conflicts and this Memorial Day we honor the legacy and the sacrifice", Biden said.
Ahead of Memorial Day, members of the USA armed forces place flags in front of more than 260,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, May 27, 2021.
Beau Biden had served a year-long tour in Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard, and the president has speculated that toxins from military "burn pits" used to dispose waste there may have caused the cancer.
"Democracy itself is at peril, here at home and around the world", Biden warned in an emphatic and emotional address, speaking to military families at Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater. "I know nothing I can say to ease the pain. My heart is torn in half by the grief", Biden said.
He further stated that the nation must honor the sacrifices of generations of service members "by sustaining the best of America while honestly confronting all that we must do to make our nation fuller, freer and more just". "Our loyalty to them and to their families is eternal and everlasting", Trump continued Monday. "I want to assure each of those families, we will never forget what you gave to our country".
At one point he pulled out a card from his pocket and noted the number of soldiers who died during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Trump asserted veterans "made the supreme sacrifice so that our people can live in safety and our Nation can thrive in peace".
The death of his son from a brain tumor at the age of 46 has always been present for Elder Biden, whose loss defines much of his worldview, is scattered in speeches, and arouses empathy for others who are painful. "And so do you, a soul worth dying for". He also touched on several issues the country is now grappling with, including voting rights and racial equality.
The president has criticized the new election law in Georgia and the restrictive voting bill under consideration in Texas, calling on Congress to pass the For the People Act, the sweeping voting rights legislation.
He went on, "Our freedom and the freedom of innumerable others has been secured by young men and women who answered the call history and gave everything in service of an idea".
"And I promise you the day will come when the mention of the name of your son or daughter, husband, wife - they will, in fact, bring not a tear to your eye, but a smile to your lips", Biden said.
Ahead of his remarks, Biden participated in a short wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, also known as the Tomb of the Unknowns, with Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.