President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, along with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, honored the men and women of the United States military who made the ultimate sacrifice with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday.
Both Biden and Harris touched the wreath that was laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with the President making the sign of the cross before saluting. The recently sworn-in pair then stood solemnly as a member of the military played “Taps” on a bugle.
America’s 46th president arrived at the national cemetery in an armored limousine featuring a license plate that read “46.”
Earlier Wednesday morning, Biden and Harris were sworn in on the West front of the Capitol building. After taking their oaths of office, Biden delivered his inaugural address, during which he called for unity among Americans.
“With unity, we can do great things – important things,” Biden said. “We can right wrongs, we can put people to work in good jobs, we can teach our children in safe schools, we can overcome the deadly virus, we can reward work and rebuild the middle class and make healthcare secure for all, we can deliver racial justice, and we can make America once again the leading force of good in the world.”
He continued, “We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we’re willing to stand in the other person’s shoes.”
Following the swearing-in ceremony, both Biden and Harris, along with the First Lady and Second Gentleman, participated in a Pass in Review, a military tradition that honors peaceful transfers of power between Commanders-in-Chief throughout U.S. history.
The parade includes servicemen dressed in uniforms from the Revolutionary War onward.
The final event on Biden’s Inauguration Day schedule is an event hosted by actor Tom Hanks taking place Wednesday evening at 8:30 p.m.
According to the Biden Inaugural website, “this 90-minute prime-time program will feature remarks from President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and include remarks and performances that represent the rich diversity and extensive talent America offers. Celebrating America will feature Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, and Kerry Washington.”