WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) –- It will be a very public good-bye for Joe Biden and his eldest son, Beau: on Friday, the Delaware senator will address the deployment ceremony of his son’s National Guard unit as they prepare to leave for a tour of duty in Iraq.
Following Thursday night’s debate with Sarah Palin in St. Louis, Biden will fly back to Delaware to spend one last day with his 39 year-old son before his deployment to Iraq as a trial counselor in the 261st Signal Brigade, a unit that specializes in providing communications for the military in Iraq.
Friday morning, Biden will join the rest of Delaware’s congressional delegation and Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in speaking to the 110 members of the unit. Despite increased interest and security because Biden is now a vice presidential nominee, the public affairs officer for the unit insists the ceremony will be no different, and not political.
“Our ceremony will be the same as any other unit leaving,” said Lt. Col. Len Grattieri. “We’re not planning anything different or special, it’s going to be a nice respectful ceremony.”
Grattieri said that the last time Biden — who has often spoken at deployment ceremonies - addressed a departing unit was 18 months ago, and that he usually roots his remarks in foreign policy, offering his perspective on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Beau Biden – a captain in the National Guard and Delaware’s attorney general – doesn’t ship out right away. Instead he heads to Fort Bliss, Texas this weekend where his unit completes assigned tasks and receives additional training specific to the conditions in Iraq. Then in six to eight weeks they ship out to Iraq.
Grattieri couldn't say where Beau will be based but his role will be that of a prosecutor enforcing the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He added that positions aren't clearly defined, the unit will do whatever the Army needs them to.
The Democratic VP nominee has been trying to balance debate prep with family time. Tuesday afternoon, Biden took a break and went out to lunch with Beau, Beau’s wife Hallie and the couple’s young daughter.
Aides say it’s been a tough week for Biden, with Beau’s departure weighing on him. Biden said in an interview Tuesday that he is proud of his son, but wishes he weren’t going.
Palin’s 19 year-old son Track, an infantry soldier, deployed to Iraq with his Army unit on September 11.
If all goes as planned, Beau Biden’s tour will last a year, and he will return home in September 2009.
May God be a fence around Biden and his family.
This is great and great timing, to boot: with this noble endeavor on his schedule Friday, Sen. Biden will rise and soar so far above Simple Sarah Palin tomorrow night. May God Bless your son, Senator Biden and bless you, too as you and Senator Obama move closer to election time.
OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!!!
Come home safely, Beau.
Good luck Beau. Thank you for your service to our country. Give`em hell Joe...we are doing our best here to get VA a nice shade of blue.
Thanks Joe for your son's sacrifice for our Nation.
Godspeed Beau...... and may ALL our troops be safe!
GODSPEED IN THE RETURN OF THE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN IRAG TO RETURN HOME SAFELY
GOD SPEED, MAY THE DEAR LORD KEEP YOU SAFE FROM HARM.
GOD BLESS YOUR AMERICA!!
At least the Repubs can't use this as showing Biden is or has unpatriotic connections. Or maybe they will anyways... After all, the Swift Boaters did.
May God bless Beau and the entire Biden Family.
Hopefully Beau and the rest of our soldiers can come home sooner, or go to Afghanistan where their service is needed and wanted.
May god bless him and his family
God bless you Beau...
No biden and no obama
No I don't want Obama who will raise our taxes and give our money to the Welfare Queens.
Thanks but no thanks,
I am for McCain who shares our values and will protect our country.
Obama is a pacifist of the first order.
GOD BLESS JOE AND HIS FAMILY.
Good Luck Beau, come home save. We will be their for your Dad on 11/4.
I wish his son a safe deployment. Beau, thank you for your service to our country. It is appreciated and honoured.
Come home safe.
God Speed Beau!
Good luck, Beau. Come home safely. We will be praying for you.
May God protect you and the Troops...God Bless
McSame.....If you want Obama to win 45 states on election night.....keep up the negative ads. You are only "Palin Yourself" more! ! ! !
New catch phrase "He Pulled A PALIN ! ! ! ! !"
Godspeed, Beau, and thank you for serving your country.
GOOD LUCK BEAU... MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND YOU DAD WILL KICK BUTT!!
OBAMA/BIDEN '08 '12
Good luck to Beau Biden and thank you for your service. Be safe. And good luck to Senator Biden for his debate tomorrow night. He doesn't really need it, but a little extra luck never hurts.
Obama knew a preacher who is angry at the American government and his is ruled out to be President.
McCain along with Bush and Cheney started a war that costs over 4,175 Americans lives, over 4,200 alied member lives, and over 150,000 Iraqi lives, along with over 600,000,000,000 dollars of current debt to the world; and people want to make him President!
You've shown howo much your sons mean to you – may Beau come home safely and bring his unit safely with him.