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An honor guard member walks past the names of 15,000 women and men from Delaware and New Jersey who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II and the Korean War. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

The U.S. saw a dramatic surge in summer travel and the return of large Memorial Day gatherings over the weekend, including President Biden's Monday address at Arlington National Cemetery.

Why it matters: Memorial Day celebrations look more traditional this year, as ramped-up vaccinations and falling COVID-19 cases allow U.S. veterans and families to gather together to mark the day.

President Biden delivers an address at the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery on May 31. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Omar Jones, Major General, U.S. Army Commanding General arrive to take part in a wreath laying in front of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on May 31. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
The annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride in Washington, D.C., on May 30. Photo: Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty Images
U.S. Army Spc Joseph Wolfe reads names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on May 30. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
Indiana State Trooper Matt Harris, left, and his son Dominic Harris, of Cub Scouts pack 145, carry flags to place on the graves of veterans at Rose Hill Cemetery on May 29 in Bloomington, Indiana. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Santa Monica, California pier on May 30. Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

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In photos: Tokyo Paralympics closing ceremony

The Paralympic Flame is seen during the closing ceremony on Day 12 of the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Photo: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images

More than a year after they were supposed to begin, the Tokyo Paralympic Games drew to an end with a closing ceremony on Sunday, with five-time Paralympian Matt Scott serving as the U.S. flagbearer for the event.

Why it matters: The Games, which began in Japan amid COVID state of emergency, closed Sunday in front of a largely empty Olympic Stadium.

First photos

President Biden and Vice President Harris discuss notes from a meeting in March about COVID-19. Official White House Photo: Adam Schultz

President Biden and Vice President Harris have their own "Pete Souzas," and they're also working to create a visual archive of the new administration.

Why it matters: Photographers Adam Schultz, Lawrence Jackson and their colleagues have a number of social media sites that give a look at the president and vice president when the news media isn't present.

Biden to travel to all three sites of 9/11 attacks on 20th anniversary

Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

President Biden will commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 next Saturday by traveling to the three sites of the terrorist attacks, the White House announced.

Details: Biden will travel to New York City, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to pay his respects to the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.