Joe Biden remembered his son with emotional words on the US holiday for fallen soldiers. Beau Biden died of cancer six years ago.
US President Joe Biden remembered his dead son Beau at a memorial ceremony in Delaware on Memorial Day. Beau died in May 2015 at the age of 46 from complications from a brain tumor. “As many of you know, this is a tough day for us. Six years ago today, Hunter lost his father and I lost my son,” said Biden.
“If he were still alive, he would be here and show his respect to all those who have given so much to our country,” said the US president, addressing the veterans and families who have lost military personnel.
“That was one of the proudest things he did in his life”
The event took place in Veterans Memorial Park, near the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Biden’s family were also there, including Beau’s 15-year-old son Hunter. Together they visited the grave of the deceased, reported the New York Post.
“Beau did not die on duty, but served with a Delaware National Guard unit in Iraq for a year,” the president continued. “That was one of the proudest things he did in his life,” said Biden. “Your sons, your daughters, they live in your hearts and also in their children. Thank you that we can mourn together today.”
Joe and Hunter Biden: They remember Beau Biden. (Source: Ken Cedeno / Reuters)
Biden also reminded the audience that he always had a card with “the exact number of American troops” who died in Afghanistan and Iraq during the last 20 years of the war – 7,036 military personnel, he said.
USA wants to continue fighting for human rights
During the ten-minute speech, Biden also said that the US would continue to fight for human rights around the world. He wanted to urge Russia’s head of state Vladimir Putin to respect human rights at their summit meeting scheduled for mid-June. “I will meet President (Vladimir) Putin in Geneva in two weeks and I will make it clear that we will not watch them violate these rights,” said Biden.
He said something similar to the Chinese head of state Xi Jinping during a long phone call in February, stressed Biden. “America is unique. It’s an idea – for us the fact that all men and women are born the same goes without saying.”
Memorial Day is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May in honor of those who died in the war for the fatherland. President Biden has commemorated his dead son Beau several times in public. His first speech as US president was considered particularly emotional, in which the Coldplay song “Sky Full of Stars” commemorated the deceased.