Vice President Joe Biden arrived with his family at about 1:10 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
A public viewing for Beau Biden was held at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington today from 1 to 4 p.m., and a second viewing is scheduled at the church this evening from 6 to 9 p.m.
Biden, who died of brain cancer Saturday, is the former attorney general of Delaware and the son of Vice President Joe Biden.
Beau Biden's casket arrived at the church at 12:10 p.m., with the motorcade turning into the driveway in front of the church from West 9th Street, according to a White House press report. Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Francis D. Vavala arrived with the motorcade and saluted as an eight-member military honor guard carried Beau Biden's American flag-draped casket at 12:18 p.m. into St. Anthony of Padua church.
The scene was very quiet as motorcade arrived and honor guard removed the casket from the hearse and moved inside. Press photographers lined up outside the security perimeter at West 9th and North DuPont streets.
A line of mourners had been forming since before 11 a.m. at West 10th and North DuPont Streets, just in front of metal detectors outside the security perimeter. The loudest sound seemed to be the bubbling from the water fountain in front of the church.
Residents along North DuPont and West 9th streets were outside on their porches observing, and some taking pictures of, the ceremonial transfer of Beau Biden's casket into the church. One house displayed an American flag.
Vice President Biden arrived with his family at about 1:10 p.m. at the church which seats more than 1,000 people.
Mourners filed through the center aisle of the church walking toward the receiving line. In the receiving line along with the Vice President were his wife, Dr. Jill Biden; Beau Biden’s wife, Hallie Biden; Beau Biden’s brother, Hunter Biden and his wife, Kathleen; Beau Biden’s sister, Ashley Biden, and her husband, Dr. Howard Krein.
Valerie Biden Owens, the vice president's sister, greeted and hugged mourners in the center aisle about three quarters of the way toward the receiving line.
Vice President Biden stood just in front of his son's casket, which was draped in an American flag, at the crossing in front of the pews. The Vice President shook hands and embraced many of the mourners.
Behind the receiving line were bouquets of red and white flowers. Large bouquets of white flowers framed a crucifix on display under a rose window on the wall at the front of the church.
Hundreds of mourners stood in line for blocks along West 10th street, inside and outside the security perimeter, through the St. Anthony's gym and into the church.
Some people who were observed on line or in attendance included U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, U.S. Rep. John Carney, D-Del., U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Francis D. Vavala, former Delaware House Speaker Robert Gilligan, a Democrat; Rob Buccini, Wilmington developer and friend to Beau Biden; and Priscilla Rakestraw, former longtime Delaware GOP National Committeewoman.
More who have attended today, according to the Vice President's office, include U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.,U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Chicago Mayor Mayor Rahm Emanuel.