In a statement Saturday, the vice president said, “It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.”
Beau Biden’s Dedication to Civil ServiceIn 2003, Beau joined the military as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard and was a Mayor in the Judge Advocate General Corps. His unit was sent to Iraq in 2008 on the day after his father, Joe Biden, participated in the 2008 vice presidential debate.
Joe Biden was opposed to him going, but explained that, “I don't want my grandson or my granddaughters going back [to Iraq] in 15 years, and so how we leave makes a big difference."
Beau served in the military until 2009, overlapping the time he served as the 44th Attorney General of Delaware from 2007 to 2015. Beau announced that during his deployment, he would continue to actively serve as Attorney General by working with his staff.
In 2010, as Delaware’s Attorney General, Beau Biden brought a successful indictment against Dr. Earl Bradley. The pediatrician was charged with 471 felony accounts of child abuse and Beau became somewhat of a national spokesperson on the issue.
In an op-ed for the News-Journal, he wrote, “As adults, we have a legal and moral obligation to stand up and speak out for children who are being abused – they cannot speak for themselves.”
“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words,” the vice president said. “We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us – especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.”
When is Beau Biden's funeral?According to an email that was sent to Biden’s master campaign opt-in list on June 3rd, the following information was provided about his services.
On Thursday, June 4th, from 1-5 p.m. ET, Beau will lie in honor at Legislative Hall in Dover.
On Friday, June 5th, from 1-4 p.m. ET, and then from 6-9 p.m. ET, there will be a viewing at St. Anthony's Church in Wilmington.
And on Saturday, June 6th at 10:30 a.m. ET, we will have a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony's Church in Wilmington, where President Obama will deliver a eulogy in Beau's honor.Beau Biden is entitled to military funeral honors according to Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, spokesperson for the Delaware National Guard.
Beau is survived by his wife, Hallie, his children Natalie, 11, and Hunter, 9, along with his father and stepmother, a brother and sister, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law and three nieces.