As Biden Spoke, a Solemn Moment in Delaware

A lone man knelt at the grave of the president's son
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2021 7:58 PM CST
As Biden Spoke, a Solemn Moment in Delaware
Then-Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks with his son, Army Capt. Beau Biden, at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed, Pool)

As President Joe Biden gave his inauguration speech in Washington DC on Wednesday, a lone man knelt at the Delaware grave of his son, Beau Biden, Delaware Online reports. “I was thinking of Beau Wednesday … I thought I would drive by Beau's grave and say a short prayer,” writes the Delaware News Journal’s Patricia Talorico, who took a photo of a uniformed man kneeling at the grave. “The man in the uniform bowed his head and clasped his hands. The image brought tears to my eyes.” Beau Biden, who served as Delaware’s attorney general, died of cancer in 2015.

Talorico says she didn’t approach the man—"I couldn't bring myself to interrupt this poignant, solemn moment.” So she drove to a nearby roadway and listened to the rest of Biden’s speech. When it was over, she returned to the cemetery, located at Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic church in Greenville, and found that the man was still there. “The journalist in me wanted to go back and find out his identity and ask why he was there,” she writes. But, she says, “Some things in life you just let be.” (Read more Beau Biden stories.)

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