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Bidens commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day with trip to war memorial

Bidens commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day with trip to war memorial
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President BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJennifer Garner to travel to West Virginia with Jill Biden Biden honors his mom on Mother's day: 'She was the quintessential lady' Jill Biden commends moms on Mother's Day for being 'strong and resilient' amid pandemic MORE made a visit to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Monday afternoon, where they were seen tracing the names of veterans from the memorial on a piece of paper.

The pair arrived at the memorial around 5:30 p.m., according to pool reports, and the first lady placed a bouquet of white flowers at the base of the memorial wall.

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The pair observed a moment of silence at the memorial after being greeted with cheers from a nearby crowd of onlookers. They then jointly traced the name of Dennis Shine, a Massachusetts-born Army corporal who died in 1969 during the war.

Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense: Ex-Pentagon chief defends Capitol attack response as GOP downplays violence | Austin, Biden confer with Israeli counterparts amid conflict with Hamas | Lawmakers press Pentagon officials on visas for Afghan partners Trump appointee endorses Christine Wormuth as Army secretary Austin repeats 'ironclad support' for Israel in conflict with Palestine MORE also visited the memorial earlier in the day.

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ended in January 1973, with more than 58,000 servicemembers killed in the fighting. South Vietnam, with which the U.S. was allied throughout the war, fell in the months after the U.S. withdrawal and the country as a whole was reformed as a unified Vietnam.