"Duty, honor, country. They lived for it, they died for it, and we as a nation are eternally grateful".
Following the ceremony around 10:30 a.m. ET, Biden will deliver an address during the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance.
Biden also mentioned the sweeping voting rights bills a handful of states have introduced, bills advocates have called too restrictive. Celebrated the first Memorial Day weekend as an official.
"We must remember the price that was paid for our liberties", Biden said at the War Memorial Plaza near the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
"We know your sacrifice, but we truly never know the depths of your loss", Austin said. "Six years ago today, Hunter lost his dad and I lost my son", Biden said, referring to his grandson Hunter, who was also in attendance. I know the pride you are feeling in.
Though a tent was overhead, the cold wind whipped the rain onto the guests as they watched a lone military trumpeter play taps at a memorial to Delaware's fallen troops. They saw a trumpeter playing a tap at a monument to the dead army in Delaware. Biden appeared to pay the chill no mind, remaining for the entirety of the 75-minute ceremony and mouthing the words to the closing rendition of "God Bless America".
He said walking through Arlington's Section 60 - where many of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been buried - "reminds me of the cost of war". When it was time, he snapped a salute to the wreath laid at the memorial.
Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of the month of May, commemorates the lives of military personnel who have died while in service.
Biden and his wife, Jill, visited Beau Biden's grave in DE and attended church at the cemetery in the president's home state on a cold, overcast day. I greeted him and was able to receive a warm hug and a handshake in my parish for the first time in over a year.
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.
That story, which Biden told Friday at a Virginia air force base, was one of the many moments in which Biden's son defined the Memorial Day weekend. Admitted the unprecedented sacrifices made by military personnel and their families.
In a thinly veiled attack on the laws being pushed in more than a dozen states which restrict voting rights, the president said: "Democracy itself is in peril, here at home and around the world". After four years of nearly inward foreign policy under the hood, he is ready to take the lead again.
"The soul of America is animated by the perennial battle between our worst instincts, which we've seen of late, and our better angels".