Beau Biden honored one year after his death (video)

(Paul Parmelee/WHYY)

(Paul Parmelee/WHYY)

One year ago, Beau Biden lost his battle with brain cancer. On Memorial Day Monday, the Delaware National Guard headquarters building was renamed in his honor.


It was a somber Memorial Day ceremony in New Castle Monday afternoon. Members of the Guard joined Biden’s friends and family to remember the former Attorney General who served the state both in pulbic office and in the Guard. 

The Delaware Guard headquarters building in New Castle is now officially known as the Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center.”

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“On behalf of the whole family, I want to thank you for remember our Beau and memorializing him today,” said Vice President Joe Biden. Wearing dark aviator sunglasses Biden delivered subdued remarks. He talked about the significance of naming the headquarters building for Beau, especially for Beau’s children, Natalie and Hunter. “What a wonderful thing that Natalie Biden and young Hunter Biden in the next 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, 60 years will go by here and know that at the time he was alive people thought so much of him.”

Beau Biden joined the Delaware Army National Guard in 2003 and served as a Judge Advocate General. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008 and earned the Bronze Star. He received the Legion of merit and the Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross posthumously.

“Beau dedicate his life to serving the citizens of his state and country,” said Major General Frank Vavala, Adjutant General for the Delaware National Guard. “Major Biden’s exemplary commitment embodied the citizen-soldier concept and we could not think of anyone more deserving or worthy of having his name on this state of the art building.”

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