As President Joe Biden gave his inauguration speech on Wednesday afternoon, a lone man in a blue uniform kneeled silently at the grave of Biden’s son Beau Biden at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church in Greenville, Delaware.
A photograph of the man was captured and shared online by USA Today’s columnist Patricia Talorico.
“The man kept his head bowed before and after the speech and clasped his hands,” Talorico wrote. “He said nothing. No one else was in the cemetery on the cold, windy afternoon except for a few workers doing some outside maintenance on the property off Kennett Pike. He remained at the grave after Biden finished speaking.”
Reporters did not approach him out of respect. The identity of the man was not known.
As noted by Talorico, “Beau Biden, the former Delaware attorney general and a member of the Delaware National Guard, died of cancer in 2015 at age 46. Biden has said his son should have been running for president instead of him, and he has cited his grief over his son’s death as the primary reason he didn’t run for president in 2016.”
Poignant moment: While Joe Biden gave his inauguration speech, a lone man in a uniform knelt at the Delaware grave of his son Beau. pic.twitter.com/QkCuJRHzTz
— Patricia Talorico (@PattyTalorico) January 20, 2021