Memorial Day weekend is always a time of reflection for the men and women who have served the United States and given their lives, but this year was particularly grim as the senseless tragedy in Uvalde, Texas still loomed overhead. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden spent the weekend comforting a community that is trying to piece together the events of May 24.
The couple traveled Sunday, May 29, to mourn with the families, rescuers and survivors of Robb Elementary School at a makeshift memorial that appeared in the small town, laying flowers and stopping at photographs of each victim. The Bidens also attended Mass and addressed the chanting crowd as they exited the church. “Do something,” they pleaded with the President. According to ABC newsJoe promised, “We will.”
The Biden family also took the time on Monday, May 30, to visit the grave of their late son Beau, a former National Guardsman who died in 2015 of brain cancer. They then headed to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Photographs from both days of visits show that the weight of the world rests on the couple’s shoulders as the loss of life was too great for most Americans.
President Biden words to the nation last tuesday, not only stepped out as the leader of our nation, but also as a parent who understands the overwhelming grief of losing a child. “Losing a child is like tearing off a piece of your soul. There is an emptiness in your chest, and you feel that you are being sucked into it and you will never be able to get out. It’s suffocating. And it’s never the same,” he shared in his speech. He knows all too well the path of sadness these families face following the loss of Beau in 2015, first wife Neilia Hunter Biden, and one-year-old daughter Naomi in a 1972 car accident.
“I’m tired of this. We must act,” he said firmly. “And don’t tell me we can’t influence this massacre. All eyes are now on every politician to see who can make meaningful changes to gun laws and put an end to these horrific events that happen all too often in the United States.
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