David Lienemann

The Government of Kosovo unveiled a statue and road that honored Beau's contributions

August 17, 2016 09:00 PM

Beau Biden, the late son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been memorialized with a statue in Kosovo, a place that is very special for the father-son pair.

The Biden family, including the VP, Dr. Jill Biden and Beau’s widow Hallie, attended a dedication ceremony at Camp Bondsteel on Wednesday. At the emotional gathering, the Government of Kosovo unveiled a statue and road that honored Beau’s contributions to the Southeast European state.

Joe and the Second Lady were joined by their son Hunter Biden, Beau’s daughter Natalie, Beau’s son Hunter, and Joe’s sister Valerie Biden Owens.

“As his mother, I was grateful for the opportunity to show Beau’s children, Natalie and Hunter, the impact their dad had on the lives of so many people around the world,” Jill tells PEOPLE about the dedication ceremony.

Beau died in May at 46 from brain cancer. He joined the military in 2003 as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard and as a major in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. In 2008, his unit was deployed in Iraq, and he served in active duty overseas until September 2009. Beau, who was a lawyer, also served as the 44th Attorney General of Delaware from January 2007 to Jan. 6, 2015.

“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,” Jill shares with PEOPLE.

Also at the dedication ceremony, the vice president made a heartfelt speech during which he pledged to bring his entire family to Kosovo.

“Beau, when he came here, fell in love with this country, like I have. Look at this magnificent country,” he told the audience about his late son’s visits to Kosovo.

“We’ve got to focus on what Beau was about and devote our lives to making fulfilled what he fought so hard for,” the VP continued. “That’s how Hunter and I – that’s how my family views this day. That’s how we view what we’re about – to know that five, 10, 20, 60 years from now, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, my great-great-grandchildren because I assure you, every Biden born will make this trip. Every Biden born will make the trip to see that monument to their father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather.”

Back in the States, Biden honors Beau by leading Cancer Moonshot, an initiative that aims to make more therapies available to more patients, while also improving our ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage.

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