WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden marked Memorial Day with a pledge that the United States will continue the work of the nation's fallen toward "creating a more perfect union.”

Delivering remarks at a remembrance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Biden said each generation must ensure the sacrifice of service members is not in vain.

“Freedom has never been guaranteed,” Biden said at the memorial amphitheater. “Every generation has to earn it, fight for it, defend it in the battle between autocracy and democracy, between the greed of a few, and the rights of many.”

He added: “On this day, we came together again to reflect, to remember, and above all, to recommit to the future they fought for, a future grounded in freedom, democracy, opportunity and equality. Not just for some, but for all.”

Prior to the ceremony, Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, placed a wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Biden began the day hosting a breakfast at the White House for administration officials, military leaders, veterans and Gold Star family members.

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