Joe Biden and son, the late Beau Biden, embrace at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Beau Biden delivered the keynote address that year. He died seven years later from brain cancer. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption
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It hit him one day riding his bicycle on the hard sand at the beach during a family vacation. He had taken this ride plenty of times before.
But this time was different for Joe Biden.
“The Secret Service agents were well back, trailing me in their dune buggies,” he writes. “Nobody else was around. And suddenly I remembered riding out to this very spot with Beau the last time he was down here with us. ‘Dad,’ he had said that day. ‘Let’s stop and sit down here.’ And so we sat, the two of us, just breathing it in. ‘Look, Dad, isn’t it magnificent?’ he had said. ‘Isn’t it beautiful?’
“And it was like I could hear him talking to me again. Dad, let’s stop and sit down. I got off my bike and found myself standing at what felt like the edge of the earth