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Kosovo to honor President Biden's son Beau for his effort to rebuilt country after war

Beau served as a major in the U.S. Army. President Biden will accept the award, given in Kosovo, with a prerecorded speech.

Updated: July 30, 2021 - 4:39pm

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Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani on Sunday will recognize President Biden's late son Beau Biden with the Presidential Medal on the Rule of Law for the younger Biden's work strengthening the Kosovo justice system during his time in the military following the Kosovo war.

President Joe Biden will accept the award via a recorded speech.

During the younger Biden's time in Kosovo, he worked with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to train judges and prosecutors after the country received its independence.

"We’re grateful to all the people of Kosovo, who Beau fell in love with. So much so that he believed so deeply in your independence and your democracy," the president says in the prerecord speech. 

Beau, the oldest of Biden's two sons, died in 2015 from brain cancer. He served as a major in the Army and as part of the Delaware National Guard. He is survived by his wife and two children who were with the president during his speech. 

In 2016, Kosovo renamed a 21-mile highway after Beau in recognition of his work following the war. The official name of the highway is now "Joseph R. 'Beau' Biden III National Road."

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