Memorial Day: “Democracy itself is at risk,” Biden warns

Participating in his first memorial ceremony as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armies, he paid tribute to the million American servicemen who have died in service in front of military families, gathered in a largely empty amphitheater due to the pandemic.

Accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, among others, Biden said the soldiers buried around him and around the world gave their lives to defend the US Constitution and democracy.

They lived for it, they died for it, he said during a speech of about twenty minutes, recalling that the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan had killed 7,036 American soldiers.

How we honor the memory of those who have fallen will determine whether democracy lasts for long or not., affirmed the 46th American president.

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If he praised the merits of democracy, he also warned against its fragility, nearly five months after theCapitol assault, perpetrated by supporters of his opponent who hoped to prevent the validation of the presidential results November. Democracy itself is in peril, here at home and in the world, he argued.

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Defending American democracy, althoughimperfect, he called for more work to keep the promise of what remains in his eyes the greatest experience of world history.

We owe the dead we honor […] to make every effort to complete the Union for which they died.

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Joe Biden also brought up the memory of his son Beau, whose sixth death anniversary was on Sunday. The eldest of the Biden family, who served in the army, died of cancer at 46.

For those who are mourning a loved one today, Jill and I have got a feel for 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, we understand it, he said.

I know the incredible pride you felt seeing your loved one wearing our country’s uniform and the pride he felt when wearing it.

Advocacy for the right to vote

While several Republican-ruled states have passed or proposed laws that have the effect of restricting the right to vote, Joe Biden has championed accessibility to the polls.

Democracy thrives, and the infrastructure of democracy is strong when people have the right to vote freely, fairly and easily, he said.

On this Remembrance Day, remember that not all of us are called to make the ultimate sacrifice. We are all called by God, by history and by our conscience to make our nation free and fair.

Over the past few weeks, Florida and Georgia, citing the integrity of the elections, enacted controversial legislation targeting postal voting in particular.

Similar bills are under consideration in other states, including Texas.

Joe Biden, who already had criticized the law adopted by Georgia, a accused Texas Republicans this weekend of “attacking” the franchise.

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