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Notably absent was Donald Trump, who previously tweeted that he would not be attending Joe Biden's inauguration

By Jen Juneau
January 20, 2021 04:39 PM
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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va Biden Inauguration, Arlington, United States - 20 Jan 2021
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris
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President Joe Biden was in esteemed company as he attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Wednesday, hours after his inauguration in Washington, D.C.

The 46th president of the United States, 78, was not only accompanied by his history-making Vice President Kamala Harris, but also by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Also in attendance were former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, as well as Biden's wife, First Lady Jill Biden, and Harris' husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the President Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2021
Former U.S. President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
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U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris
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During the wreath-laying ceremony, Biden was photographed touching the wreath, which was adorned with red, white and blue flowers as well as a matching ribbon, at the iconic memorial location. Biden then made the sign of the cross and gave a somber salute before a bugle player performed "Taps."

US President Joe Biden attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 20 January 2021. Joe Biden was sworn in earlier on the same day and became the 46th President of the United States. US President Joe Biden visits Arlington National Cemetery, USA - 07 Jan 2021
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US former President Bill Clinton with wife, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Former US President George W. Bush with his wife Laura Bush, Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 20 January 2021. Joe Biden was sworn in earlier on the same day and became the 46th President of the United States. US President Joe Biden visits Arlington National Cemetery, USA - 07 Jan 2021
US former President Bill Clinton with wife, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Former US President George W. Bush with his wife Laura Bush, Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama
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Noticeably absent from both the wreath-laying ceremony and inauguration was Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, who tweeted earlier this month that he would not be attending the swearing-in of Biden and Harris, 56. Trump's tweet came two days after he incited an attempted coup on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (Vice President Mike Pence did, however, attend the ceremony.)

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On Jan. 5, a representative for Bush, 74, said the 43rd president and Mrs. Bush would attend Wednesday's swearing-in ceremony. "President and Mrs. Bush look forward to returning to the Capitol for the swearing-in of President Biden and Vice President Harris," chief of staff Freddy Ford wrote on Twitter that week.

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Melania and Donald Trump
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Meanwhile, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife of nearly 75 years, Rosalynn, sent their well-wishes from afar, and did not attend the inauguration ceremony, officially missing his first inauguration in 44 years.

In a statement shared with PEOPLE, a spokesperson for the Carter Center said Carter, 96, and his wife, 93, would "not travel to Washington for the inauguration but have sent their best wishes to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect [Kamala] Harris and look forward to a successful administration."