Former President Joe Biden, who died Friday, was remembered as an icon by many, including a special tribute at the New Jersey Mall.
His son Beau Biden Jr. was among those who paid tribute to him in a video posted to Facebook.
Biden, 88, died in his sleep Friday, hours after his daughter Sara posted a photo on her Facebook page of him sitting on the steps of the Mall with a picture of his late father.
In a video of the tribute posted to the Mall on Sunday, Beau Biden said, “When you saw Joe Biden you could see a great man and a great leader.”
The tribute, which was recorded by the daughter of the former vice president, also included a message from his wife, Gail Biden.
“Our family was touched by Joe Biden and the kindness of all of us, but the people of New Jersey are also deeply touched by the memories he brought,” she said.
The video also included images of Biden’s family in the Mall, including his wife Sara and daughters Charlotte and Bella.
In the video, the family said it was “shocked and saddened” by the news that Biden died, adding, “We are all touched by this tragedy.”
The video ends with a message: “The legacy of Joe Biden is one of compassion, compassion for all and the dignity of every human being.
We mourn his passing and are grateful for the outpouring of support we have received.”
In the days since Biden’s death, people have shared their condolences on social media.
“We lost our great Joe,” tweeted Facebook user “Gail” Biden.
The “Sara Biden” post, however, had a different message: “[Biden] was a great husband, father, son and friend.
He will be greatly missed and the memory of his beautiful wife Sara will live on forever.”
Beau Biden also made an appearance at the ceremony at the mall.
“Biden has been an iconic figure in American history,” Sara Biden said in the video.
“His words were so powerful, and his actions were so heartwarming, that they are the reason that we live in a time of extraordinary joy.
I have never felt so blessed to be the first daughter of a former president.
His presence in my life will forever change the course of my life.”
The post continued, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Biden family, the people and the entire New Jersey community, and we are grateful to all who have made this possible.”
The Biden family has said that the tribute was a private family affair, but that they had invited other dignitaries to attend the event.
They also said that Biden had a large family of friends and was known to attend events with them, including the White House Correspondents Dinner and the Lincoln Memorial Ball.
The former vice-president also worked on behalf of President Barack Obama, according to a 2016 biography of him.
The Biden presidency, which lasted from 2009 to 2013, saw the U.S. economy soar, and Biden helped pass health care reform.
The Affordable Care Act became law in 2010.
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