President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden flew back to Washington from Delaware Monday as they marked Memorial Day observances with a visit to the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
Biden, who was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, attended the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb.
He saluted during a bugler’s rendition of ‘Taps.’ He approached a memorial wreath, and made the sign of the cross during the brief ceremony.
He stood alongside Harris and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
The first couple boarded Marine One at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Del, then flew to Washington, where they landed south of the White House.
The Bidens then traveled by motorcade to Arlington, where Memorial Day services were scheduled to be held.
President Joe Biden, with first lady Jill Biden, waves as they walk from Marine One upon arrival on the Ellipse at the White House, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Washington
They were to be joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, first gentleman Doug Emhoff, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Mark Milley.
On Sunday, Biden honored the sixth anniversary of his son Beau’s death in remarks at a pre-Memorial Day event. ‘This is a hard day for us,’ Biden said while speaking to veterans and families of fallen military members during remarks at Veterans Memorial Park near the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
‘Six years ago today, Hunter lost his dad, and I lost my son,’ Biden said of losing Beau in 2015 to brain cancer.
‘Beau didn’t die in the line of duty, but he was serving a Delaware National Guard unit in Iraq for a year,’ the president continued. ‘That was one of the proudest things he did in his life.’
President Joe Biden boards Marine One at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Del., Monday, May 31, 2021. Biden is returning to Washington after spending the weekend at his home in Delaware
‘So thank you for allowing us to grieve together today.’
Biden pictured with son Beau in 2009 at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad. Beau died May 30, 2015 of brain cancer
Beau Biden, who attained the rank of major, joined the Delaware Army National Guard in 2003 and attended JAG School at the University of Virginia. He deployed to Iraq in October 2008, the month before his father was elected vice president to serve with Barack Obama for his first term. Beau returned from Iraq in September 2009 after completing his yearlong stint on active duty.
He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq. He was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit for his service in the Delaware National Guard and the Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross.