President Joe Biden on Monday observed Memorial Day with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and a plea for national unity.
“This nation was built on an idea,” Biden said, according to the Associated Press. “We were built on an idea, the idea of liberty and opportunity for all. We’ve never fully realized that aspiration of our founders, but every generation has opened the door a little wider.”
The president also suggested the government by the people was in some danger. Acccording to USA Today, he said, “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 democracy will long endure.”
Members of both parties paid tribute to the nation’s fallen warriors. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) wrote about his own service as a Navy SEAL. He was partially blinded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
“It’s a personal day for all of us. No one talks politics or foreign policy. No one gets riled up because others ‘just don’t care enough’ about the significance of the day,” he wrote in a Tweet. “We just toast to the fallen, as they would have wanted us to.”
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