Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden left their Delaware home to lay a wreath at Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran's Memorial Park on Memorial Day in the U.S.
It was the 77-year-old senator's first appearance in public since the coronavirus lockdowns began in March.
The presumptive Democratic nominee and his wife paid their respects to fallen service members in Newcastle, Delaware on Monday, May 25.
The Bidens dressed in black with matching black face coverings. Biden wore black aviator sunglasses. A small crowd gathered to observe the Bidens as they left the memorial park.
Before leaving, Biden spoke with General Francis D. Vavala, the retired adjutant general of the Delaware National Guard, and Matt Meyer, the New Castle, Del., County Executive. Meyer to Biden: “You’ve got the whole country behind you.” pic.twitter.com/g8bOqos31s
— Madeleine Rivera (@madeleinerivera) May 25, 2020
In neighboring Maryland, U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump lay a wreath for fallen soldiers at Baltimore's Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
"To every Gold Star Family here today and all across our land, our debt to you is infinite and everlasting. We stand with you today and all days to come," the president said in his prepared speech.
Earlier Monday, President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.