‘We’re Free Because They Were Courageous’
A day put aside to honor the sacrifices of the nation’s veterans, Memorial Day 2021 was particularly poignant a 12 months after many memorial ceremonies — and plenty of household journeys and barbecues — had been curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parades that had been canceled in 2020 had been again in 2021. Companies held on-line final 12 months resumed in particular person this 12 months. Vacation visitors returned, as did seaside outings — a minimum of in elements of the nation not cursed with chilly, wet climate.
President Biden honored the fallen at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery, delivering an emotional speech below a blue, sunlit sky only a day after the five-year anniversary of the loss of life of his son Beau, who had served in Iraq. “It may possibly damage to recollect, however the damage is how we really feel, and the way we heal,” Mr. Biden stated after inserting a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns. He referred to as on Individuals to maintain the fallen members of the navy of their minds. “We’re free as a result of they had been courageous,” he stated.
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
A member of the navy stands close to the Tomb of the Unknowns earlier than a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery.
Members of the navy are mirrored within the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
Beachgoers on South Seaside in Miami Seaside, Fla.
Veterans throughout a Memorial Day parade in Myrtle Seaside, S.C.
A household looking for horseshoe crabs at Orchard Seaside within the Bronx.
Lighting a hearth to attempt to hold heat at Orchard Seaside, and longtime Bronx residents enjoying dominoes.
Hughes Van Ellis, a veteran who survived the Tulsa Race Bloodbath, is introduced with a medal on the occasion’s a hundredth anniversary.
In Barnstable, Mass., a police honor guard remembered the city’s warfare useless.
The Oakmont-Verona Memorial Day Parade in Oakmont, Pa.
Kyle Watts, a vacationer from Ohio, utilizing a metallic detector in Myrtle Seaside.
Crowds having fun with the waves at Myrtle Seaside.