May 31st, 2010
01:07 PM ET
13 years ago

Biden praises world's 'finest military' at Arlington


 Vice President Joe Biden lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Arlington, Virginia (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden led Americans in every corner of the country and around the world Monday morning in pausing to remember the sacrifices of those who have fallen in military service to the country.

The vice president marked Memorial Day with a tradition wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, followed by remarks in which he praised "the finest military the world has ever produced."

President Barack Obama was scheduled to spend the day in his home state of Illinois, marking the holiday with remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, about an hour outside of Chicago.

"Today is a day [in] which sorrow mixes with incredible pride," Biden said. "We mourn those we lost and we hold fast to their memories. ... May God continue to bless the memory of all those who have died [so] that we may live."

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  1. Jerry - Florida

    How hypocritical! The praising of the troops should have been done by the supposedly Commander-in-Chief. But no, he had more important things to do in Illinois. Can he be more hypocritical than that?

    Our dedicated troops should remember that the next time tries to use them as props for his idiotic policies.

    May 31, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Brenda

    I am glad that Joe showed up to honor our miltiary men/women heros at Arlington.

    For those of you who did not know...........Yesterday marked the "1000 deaths' mark in Afghanistan.

    The majority of these deaths occurred while Obama was in office.

    Section 60 of Arlington Cemetary is for our military men/women heros who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Being that Obama sent many of these men/women to their deaths in Afghanistan–he should have been at Arlington Cemetary honoring our war dead there.

    Obama should have been at Arlington Cemetary--instead of on vacation in Chicago.

    May 31, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Hammerer

    This regime is a disgrace!

    May 31, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. debra

    Biden at least has some military cred....unlike dear leader.....thanks Biden. I hate your politics, but at least you have some respect for our fallen men and women....

    May 31, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Get A Grip

    So, O'blamer couldn't make Arlington because he's too busy with a vacation. Heavens, we wouldn't want something like a ceremony to our fallen heroes to get in the way of O'blamer's vacation. What a disgrace that the President of the United States would rather go on another vacation then give thanks to our heroes at Arlington.

    May 31, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Karen

    I think VP Biden gave a meaningful and thoughtful speech at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Not always a fan of his but he did very well today. Thank you Mr. VP.

    May 31, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Meka

    Thank You Mr. Vice President.

    May 31, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Paul from Phoenix

    I'm sorry, no offense to Biden, but it is an absolute travesty that the President of the United States would rather take a vacation then place the wreath in Arlington.

    There are some things a President must do, and this is one of them.

    May 31, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Remember the Alamo

    WHAT? You mean at least one of the two top men has enough sense to recognize the Veternas. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    May 31, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |