PRESIDENT Donald Trump honored fallen US military members with a wreath-laying ceremony on Monda y after wishing the nation “happy Memorial Day”.
A maskless Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania, paid tribute at Arlington National Cemetery, as Joe Biden covered up in Delaware.
Presidents on Memorial Day typically honor fallen military members by laying a wreath and delivering a speech at the hallowed burial ground in Virginia.
But because of the pandemic, which is expected to claim its 100,000th American this week, the ceremony looked different this year.
Attendees at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier arrived wearing masks and removed them for the ceremony in the well-spaced crowd.
Trump, maskless as always in public, gave no remarks this time. He approached a wreath already in place, touching it.
The President was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump.
Biden, for his first public appearance in nearly two months, was joined by wife Jill Biden at Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran's Memorial Park.
Both more a mask as they laid a tribute in recognition of fallen soldiers.
Following Arlington Trump set off for Baltimore’s Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, where he was expected to speak.
It’s where a poem, written after a huge American flag was hoisted to celebrate an important victory over the British during the War of 1812, became “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
More to come.