Kamala Harris paid tribute to the fallen US service members on Sunday after being berated for posting “ enjoy the long weekend ” on Twitter without mentioning Memorial Day.
“Throughout our history, our men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country,” the vice president tweeted. “As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we think about their service and sacrifice.”
Harris didn’t do anything for Memorial Day this weekend, but usually the president and vice president pay some sort of tribute Monday – the official federal holiday to commemorate those who gave their lives as part of the United States Armed Forces.
President Joe Biden delivered a 10-minute comment Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Park near the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Wilmington. He first attended a church service at St. Joseph on the Brandywine and visited the grave of his son Beau on the sixth anniversary of his death from brain cancer.
Vice President Kamala Harris sent a tweet on Sunday in honor of fallen US service workers
People visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC on May 30, which lists the names of military members who died during the Vietnam War
The vice president’s Sunday post came after she was satirized on Twitter for her tweet on Saturday, including a candid photo of herself smiling with the caption, “ Enjoy the long weekend, ” without mentioning the reason for the federal holiday.
Harris also spoke at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland on Friday
Harris’ tweet comes amid an intense response to a post the day before not mentioning the fallen soldiers, instead telling people they are ‘enjoying’ a Monday off.
The post featured a candid photo of herself smiling and comes hours after she posted a tweet praising Midshipman Sydney Barber, who made history as the first black woman to serve as a Brigade Commander at the US Naval Academy.
Harris also spoke at the US Naval Academy’s graduation and commissioning ceremony on Friday called the US military “the best, the bravest, and the most brilliant.”
Critics were quick to point out, however, that her tweet did not mention that the reason for the long weekend is Memorial Day – a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May in honor of soldiers who died while serving in the military.
Harris’ tweet on Saturday came hours after she praised Midshipman Sydney Barber, the first black woman to serve as a Brigade Commander at the US Naval Academy
Air National Guard Lt Col Adam Kinzinger accused her tweet as ‘tone deaf’.
Enjoy your freedom that many have bought who died for it. Tone deaf, ‘he tweeted.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders said even her seven-year-old son “understands what this weekend is about.”
“Show some respect for the heroes who paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” tweeted Donald Trump’s former press secretary.
Beth Baumann, a political reporter and editor at The Daily Wire, tweeted, “ This isn’t a ‘long weekend.’ It is a weekend when we honor the fallen. ‘
Kimberly Klacik, a former candidate for the Republican Congress, called Harris ‘stupid’ for the tweet.
‘Long weekend? I know many are upset and say this is disrespectful, but I believe you are really stupid, ‘she wrote.
The Texas Federation of College Republicans posted a Memorial Day fact sheet.
It’s just a ‘long weekend’ for this fraud. I have several deceased friends who disagree, ”wrote retired Air Force pilot Buzz Patterson.
Tony Lederer, whose Twitter account identifies him as a Master Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, linked his tweet to a photo of the Vietnam Memorial.
“Don’t forget why we’re having a long weekend!” Lederer wrote.
People on Twitter responded to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tweet on Saturday
Another person, using the Twitter account @JR_justJR, posted an image of a woman lying on the grave in Arlington National Cemetery with a baby.
“It’s Memorial Day weekend — not to be enjoyed — but to commemorate our fallen. Our brothers and sisters, who “gave the last full measure of devotion.” Please try to respect that, ‘the account wrote.
In a tweet to Representative Brian Mast, another Twitter user called her tweet “ disgusting ” while thanking him for his service. Mast, of Florida, retired from the United States Army with a number of awards, including: the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
On Friday, President Joe Biden addressed the service workers and their families at the Langley-Eustis joint base in Hampton, Virginia, largely praising his son Beau – who earned a Bronze Star medal for his service in Iraq.
The younger Biden, who reached the rank of major in the United States Army and National Guard, joined the military in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq in 2008 while serving as the Attorney General of the State of Delaware.
And so he gave up the seat and had the courage to appoint a man who had been a Republican Attorney General as Attorney General while on the road. Proudest thing he’s ever done – proudest thing he’s ever done, ”Biden said.
‘And he … he spent a year in Iraq. And it was one of the great honors of his life to do it. He’s won the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and other awards – as many of you have – but he never spoke of it. ‘
Later in the speech, Biden thanked members of the military and said he “sincerely” supports them.
So my message to all of you is very simple: thank you. Thank you. Not ‘thank you for your service’, just thank you for who you are, because it’s contagious. Thank you for choosing to do selfless service to your country, ”Biden said.
In another part of the talk, he said, “I always want you to know – always – that the issues facing you and your family, we need to know how to better support you. I mean it sincerely from the bottom of my heart: to support you better. ‘