A Nation Slowly Emerging From Pandemic Honors Memorial Day

Andrew Weston touches the gravestone of his uncle, U.S. Army Vietnam war veteran Thomas Shaun Monahan, at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021 in Elwood, Ill. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

(AP)–A nation slowly emerging from restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic honored generations of fallen U.S. veterans on a Memorial Day observed without the severe pandemic restrictions that affected the day of tribute just a year ago.

Parades and events of remembrance were held in localities large and small across the country Monday, many resuming after being canceled last year as the pandemic hit with full force.

At Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, President Joe Biden delivered a solemn speech honoring the 1 million killed in service of the nation — and challenged Americans to carry on that defense of democracy.


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