On Monday, Joe Biden delivered a speech at the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The cemetery is the resting place of approximately 400,000 veterans and their eligible dependents, with “Service members from every one of America’s major wars, from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts” interred there.
Early in his speech, Biden claimed that Democracy is the “soul of America,” and that “it’s a soul worth fighting for” and “worth dying for.”
“Heroes who lie in eternal peace in this beautiful place, this sacred place, they believed that too,” Biden said, before adding that “The Americans of Lexington and Concord, of New Orleans, Gettysburg, the Argonne, Iwo Jima and Normandy, Korea and Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, and thousands of places in between weren’t fighting for dictators,” but were “fighting for democracy.”
“They weren’t fighting to exclude or to enslave; they were fighting to build and broaden and liberate. They weren’t fighting for self; they were fighting