Every last Monday of May It’s Memorial Day, an important holiday in which Americans remember those killed in the wars the United States has fought in. It falls on Monday, May 29 this year. Pay tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the wars fought by the United States on Memorial Day.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and Douglas Mhoff, Husband of Vice President Harris. Attended the 155th Memorial Day ceremony with a wreath laying at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Washington Suburbs According to a long-standing tradition
U.S. President Joe Biden addressed the ceremony honoring the sacrifices of brave American soldiers fighting for their country and calling on all Americans not to waste their sacrifices.
President Biden said, “We must not forget what we lost to protect our democracy” and that “every year we remember … and every year does not get any easier. ”
The U.S. leaders took the opportunity to highlight their work in bringing peace back to the U.S. military. More than 2,400 American soldiers and service personnel have been killed in the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
However, the Afghan War ended in chaos under President Biden’s direction. In August 2021, critics attacked President Biden’s handling of the evacuation of approximately 120,000 Americans, Afghans and other nationals from Afghanistan for a lack of planning and good judgment. enough But Biden’s working group It released a summary report last month on ending the tumultuous Afghanistan war, saying it had been going on since the presidency of Donald Trump.
From the Afghanistan war to the Ukraine war, the United States has played a key role among allies that have poured tens of billions of dollars in military and economic support into Ukraine. After Russia sent troops to invade Ukraine on February 24 last year which seems to be a war that has yet to end at this moment
While President Biden It clearly states that the military will not be sent to settle the conflict. President Biden reaffirms that the United States considers Russian attempts to seize territories contrary to international principles And confirmed to help Ukraine win this war. Through the delivery of ammunition, tanks, drones, as well as agreeing to the allies to train Ukrainian troops in the use of US F-16 aircraft.
This year, Memorial Day comes just one day after President Biden. And the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Sen. Kevin McCarthy, reached an agreement to raise the government debt ceiling. It is now pending approval by both houses of parliament this week.
under this agreement It will hold non-defense budgets flat in fiscal 2024 and raise them by 1% the following year, giving defense budget a roughly 3% increase in fiscal 2024 to $886 billion and an additional 1% increase in fiscal 2025. at $895 billion respectively
In a speech at Arlington National Cemetery President Biden also spoke about the need to look after soldiers both on and off the battlefield. “We have only one sacred responsibility: to prepare those whom we will send to face danger and to care for them and their families until the day they return and never return.”
The US president outlined the legislation he signed to increase health services for the millions of veterans stationed on military bases dealing with toxic fumes, chemicals, sewage and medical waste. other
On Monday, President Biden hosted a Veterans Organization breakfast. military organizations Families of soldiers who died in war Including officials of the Ministry of Defense and related agencies.
After that, President Biden and his wife It is scheduled to return to Wilmington, Delaware, to spend Memorial Day with the family.
For ordinary Americans, people will commemorate this important day by hanging the flag in front of their houses. Or travel to pay respects to the graves of loved ones and those killed in wars and visit war memorials. that is the beginning of summer each year This is the start of the summer travel season as well.
- source: AP
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