Vice President Joe Biden lost his son Beau to brain cancer in May 2015. Beau, a lawyer, was the Attorney General of Delaware from 2007 to 2015. As a member of the Delaware Army National Guard and a major in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, he also served in Iraq.
On Wednesday, Vice President Biden and his family were in Kosovo, where Beau worked as a legal adviser in 2001. The nation has dedicated a monument and road to Beau in honor of his contributions.
The vice president, who played a role in ending the Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s as Delaware senator, expressed his gratitude for the honor at the dedication ceremony.
"Beau, when he came here, fell in love with this country, like I have. Look at this magnificent country," he said in a speech.
The vice president was accompanied by his family, including his wife Jill Biden, Beau's widow Hallie, and their children Hunter and Natalie.
The Second Lady recalled the important impact Beau made during his life, saying, "Beau used his quiet-determination to give voice to those left voiceless by war and abuse. These early experiences made him the man he became; they inspired the work that became his legacy – protecting the most vulnerable among us, especially children."
In a recently resurfaced memo, Vice President Biden expressed the importance of a family-work balance, telling his staff they shouldn't sacrifice important moments with their loved ones for their jobs. He further emphasized this focus on family during his speech.
"Every Biden born will make the trip to see that monument to their father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather," he said.
In memory of his son, Vice President Biden also leads the initiative Cancer Moonshot, which aims to improve cancer prevention and detection and provide therapies to patients.