A man in uniform knelt at the grave of President Biden’s son, Beau, on Wednesday during the president’s inaugural address, a poignant and seemingly private moment far from the pomp of Washington that later drew widespread attention online.
The unidentified man was observed by a local journalist at St. Joseph on the Brandywine church cemetery in Greenville, Del., near the president’s home in Wilmington.
Beau Biden served as attorney general of Delaware for eight years before he died of brain cancer in 2015. He was 46.
The man bowed his head before and after the speech and clasped his hands, the journalist, Patricia Talorico of the Delaware News Journal, reported.
Ms. Talorico said she did not approach the man out of respect.
“The image brought tears to my eyes,” Ms. Talorico wrote of the tribute. “I couldn’t bring myself to interrupt this poignant, solemn moment. I took some photos from a distance, and pulled my car over to a nearby roadway. I listened to the end of Biden’s speech and drove back to see if the person was still there. He was. And he was still kneeling, still had his head bowed.”
The tribute came a day after Mr. Biden, giving farewell remarks in Delaware, said that Beau, a Bronze Star recipient who served as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, should have become president.
“I only have one regret — that he’s not here,” Mr. Biden said. “Because we should be introducing him as president.”
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