Bidens, Joe and Jill Visit Beau’s gravesite, his late son. Prior to the Memorial Day ceremony, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden took part in two solemn ceremonies: one to honour Memorial Day and the other to remember their son Beau Biden on the occasion of his death anniversary on May 30, 2015.
The couple paid a visit to Beau’s grave on Monday morning. Beau was a former member of the National Guard and a two-term attorney general of Delaware who passed away from brain cancer seven years prior at age 46.
The Bidens attended a service at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware, early on Monday, according to a pool report.
Following the service, the couple made their way to Beau’s grave at the nearby church cemetery with the help of their grandchildren and Valerie Biden Owens, the president’s sister.
One of the tragedies that has influenced the course of the president-political elect’s career is the passing of Beau.
His story as a legislator is also fundamentally shaped by the deaths of his wife Neilia and their 13-month-old daughter Naomi in a 1972 car accident that also injured his sons. This tragedy took place after he was elected the youngest senator in history but before he was sworn in.
On January 5, 1973, Biden took the Senate oath in front of a hospital bed where a 3-year-old boy named Beau was recovering from injuries.
As soon as President Joe Biden entered the Oval Office, he put up a Picture of His Late Son Beau.
The Bidens visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier later on Monday, where they took part in a wreath-laying ceremony and the president gave a speech.
On Monday afternoon, the president and first lady were welcomed at Arlington National Cemetery by Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, ceremonial soldiers, and military leaders such as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.
President Biden made the sign of the cross at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after laying a wreath of red and white roses (wrapped in red, white, and blue ribbons).
Dr. Jill Biden Discusses the Issues Military Families Face in the Related Article: “We Will Look After Them”
Both Dr. Biden and President Biden have made the military a priority while in office.
Given that Beau deployed to Iraq in 2008 while serving in the Delaware Army National Guard, this is a very personal issue for the Biden family.
Earlier this Year, Dr. Biden wrote an Essay for Parents in which he Discussed the Particular Difficulties that Military Families and Caregivers of Veterans Face.
She urged the American people to reach out to the military families in their own community and offer to help however they can, such as through mentorship or involving the families in local activities. “It’s up to all of us to keep the promise we make to those who stand between our nation and danger: that we will care for them and their families while they serve and after their service is finished,” she wrote.
The Bidens are slated to participate in a tree-planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House later on Monday. There, they will plant a magnolia tree “in honour of those who have lost their lives and the families who carry on their legacies,” according to the White House.