May 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden mourns son, Beau, on sixth anniversary of his death

President Biden on Sunday remembered his oldest son, Beau, who died from brain cancer six years ago.

The big picture: In remarks at Veterans Memorial Park in Delaware to commemorate Memorial Day, the president reflected on his son's service, saying that "if he were here, he would be here as well paying his respects to all those who gave so much for our country."

  • The president's son, who died in 2015 at age 46, temporarily gave up his Delaware attorney general post in 2008 to join the state's National Guard unit in Iraq.  
  • The president on Sunday walked to Beau's grave with Beau’s son, Hunter, and was joined by the first lady and their daughter, Ashley Biden, along with other members of the family, according to press pool reports. 

What he's saying:

  • "A lot of time passes, but you all know as well as I do that the moment that we celebrate it is the toughest day of the year. We're honored but it's a tough day. Brings back everything. So I can't thank you enough for your continued service to the country," Biden said, according to People.
  • "Your sons, your daughters, they live in your hearts and in their children as well. Thank you for allowing us to grieve together today," the president added.
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