Beau Biden memorial

DOVER – A public viewing is underway at Legislative Hall as the body of Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III’s lies in honor today from 1 to 5 p.m.

A procession, which left Wilmington at noon, came down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Legislative Hall in Dover shortly before 1 p.m. A Mealey Funeral Home hearse stopped in front of the Legislative Hall and an honor guard carried the flag-draped casket up the steps and inside.

Vice President Joe Biden, who arrived in a black limousine with the vice-presidential flag and American flag waving on the hood, and other family members followed the casket up the stairs at Legislative Hall.

Gov. Jack Markell and other dignitaries greeted Vice President Biden and his family.

The governor led the tributes for Biden in a 25-minute service attended by state officials, lawmakers and other dignitaries. Beau Biden’s son Hunter, and daughter Natalie, clung to their mother, Hallie, and grandmother, Jill Biden, during the service.

The Biden family, led by vice president, then stood in a receiving line, greeting well-wishers with hugs and handshakes, punctuated by both smiles and tears, as recorded harp music played softly in the background.

The doors were then opened for other members of the public.

“Beau made Delaware a better place for us all,” said Markell, describing Biden as a dedicated public servant and a model husband and father.

Col. Ed Brandt, a Delaware National Guard chaplain, said Biden’s life was marked by many accomplishments between “bookends of tragedy.”

Outside, hundreds of people lined the streets around Legislative Hall, waiting to pay their respects.

Visitors to Legislative Hall were required to go through a security checkpoint.

A number of roads around Legislative Hall are closed to traffic and those planning on paying their respects are urged to use a shuttle bus from the Blue Hen Corporate Center on Bay Road.


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