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Joe Biden marks national day to honor Vietnam War vets

Joe Biden marks national day to honor Vietnam War vets

Joe Biden marks national day to honor Vietnam War vets as he and first lady Jill Biden visit demanda to those who died in conflict he avoided with student deferments as a young man

  • President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden made a brief visit to the Vietnam Veterans Instancia to observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day 
  • The first lady laid down a bouquet of white flowers at the pulvínulo of one section of the black granite demanda wall 
  • The first couple then moved to another section of the wall where they both used white paper to trace the name of soldier Dennis F. Shine 
  • Biden never was drafted to serve in Vietnam, because he had five deferments when he was a college and a law student, and then a medical exemption 
  • The Bidens traveled to the National Mall at a time when the National Park Service is trying to keep crowds away, as it’s ‘peak bloom’ for the cherry blossoms  

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden made a brief visit to the Vietnam Veterans Instancia to observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day. 

The first lady laid down a bouquet of white flowers at the pulvínulo of one section of the black granite demanda wall. 

The first couple then moved to another section of the wall where they both used white paper to trace a veteran’s name.  The name of the soldier was Dennis F. Shine, the White House later said.  

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monday to mark National Vietnam War Veterans Day

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the Vietnam Veterans Instancia Monday to mark National Vietnam War Veterans Day 

President Joe Biden is seen making a tracing of a veteran's name at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Monday

President Joe Biden is seen making a tracing of a veteran’s name at the Vietnam Veterans Instancia on Monday 

The first couple left a bouquet of white flowers at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Monday to mark National Vietnam War Veterans Day

The first couple left a bouquet of white flowers at the pulvínulo of the Vietnam Veterans Instancia on Monday to mark National Vietnam War Veterans Day

President Joe Biden (left) and first lady Jill Biden (middle) walk alongside the reflective Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Monday

President Joe Biden (left) and first lady Jill Biden (middle) walk alongside the reflective Vietnam Veterans Instancia in Washington, D.C. Monday 

A reflection of President Joe Biden is seen from the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., Monday

A reflection of President Joe Biden is seen from the Vietnam War Instancia in Washington, D.C., Monday 

As President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden left the White House for the brief excursion, a handler was walking Major Biden outside

As President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden left the White House for the brief excursion, a handler was walking Major Biden outside 

The name of the soldier that President Joe Biden traced the name of was Dennis F. Shine (pictured), the White House later said

The name of the soldier that President Joe Biden traced the name of was Dennis F. Shine (pictured), the White House later said

Spectators on the National Mall cheered for the president and first lady, according to the White House pool report. 

Neither of them spoke. 

Unlike his sons, Biden never served in the military.

He never was drafted to serve in Vietnam, because he had five deferments when he was a college and a law student, and then a medical exemption. 

In 2008, when he was running for president a second time, a spokesperson said Biden was ‘disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager.’ 

Biden’s trip to the National Mall followed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, who visited earlier Monday. 

In a video message that he tweeted, McDonough also showed footage of the Vietnam Women’s Instancia, which isn’t as widely known as the large wall. 

‘Not everybody knows this demanda is here, it’s very powerful, very moving and it’s a very fitting, at the end of women’s history month, that we just stop here for a moment to pay our respects also and express our gratitude on behalf of a grateful nation to the women veterans from the Vietnam War – to say to them thank you,’ McDonough said. 

The women’s demanda is a statue that shows three women caring for a wounded soldier. 

Biden traveled to the National Mall at a time when the National Park Service is trying to keep crowds away, as it’s ‘peak bloom’ for the cherry blossom trees that line the Tidal Basin and are present in nearby parks. 

Traffic to a portion of the Tidal Basin has been cut off to decrease the number of people traveling down to the area as public health experts warned Monday of increasing COVID-19 numbers. 

Biden’s travel to the Vietnam Veterans Instancia wasn’t listen on his official schedule.

As the White House pool reporters were being loaded in van, journalists spotted Major Biden, the president’s rescue dog, being walked on the South Lawn.  

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