President Joe Biden and his family held a private memorial service on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the vehicle accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and their infant daughter.
In December of that year, while going to buy a Christmas tree, Biden, who had just been elected to the Senate in November 1972, was not in the car with his wife, Neilia, 30, and their 13-month-old daughter, Naomi. Beau and Hunter, the couple’s two sons in the car with them and about to turn 4 and 3 at the time, suffered critical wounds.
Biden, also 30 years old at the time of the disaster, nearly abandoned his budding political career due to the tragedy.
On the suggestion of his fellow senators, he continued serving, traveling back and forth between Washington and Delaware.
Biden’s raw honesty surrounding bereavement and his capacity for empathy with fellow Americans who have suffered a loss are distinguishing characteristics of his political career.
In 1977, Biden wed Jill Jacobs, and their child, Ashley, was born.
On Sunday, at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, he was accompanied by both wives, Hunter and numerous of the president’s grandkids.
The family left the service bearing two huge wreaths and headed to the graves.
At age 46, Beau Biden passed away from brain cancer. He is interred there as well.