UPDATE (5:52 p.m.) Beau Biden's casket was moved out of the Senate Chamber and out of Legislative Hall at 5:35 p.m., after Vice President Joe Biden greeted the final mourners in Dover.

UPDATE (5:52 p.m.) Vice President Joe Biden left the Senate Chamber at Legislative Hall in Dover at 5 p.m., and made his way into the lobby of Legislative Hall, greeting the scores of remaining members of the public who came to pay their respects.

"Thank you. Thank you for coming," Biden told members of the crowd in the lobby, according to a White House press report.

 "I'm going to go all the way around," he told others who reached from the back of the line to shake his hand.

One man said his father knew the vice president.

"You look like your dad," Biden responded.

The day was a somber one, but Biden offered smiles to members of the crowd, shook hands, and hugged those he seemed to recognize.

Biden left Legislative Hall about 5:10 p.m., after the four-hour-long viewing service for Beau Biden.

 Karen Minner, of Smyrna, greeted the vice president in the lobby. "He's just a class act, whether you agree with his politics or not," Minner said. "And it's Delaware. We're all family."

Gina Scanlon, of Rehoboth, shook hands with the vice president. "It was very impressive," Scanlon said of Biden greeting members of the public in the lobby. "But that's the way he is."

Beau Biden's casket was moved out of the Senate Chamber and out of Legislative Hall at 5:35 p.m.

A law enforcement source says that Beau Biden's Secret Service detail will accompany him until his burial this weekend.

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.) The viewing for Beau Biden has concluded at Legislative Hall in Dover.

UPDATE (4 p.m.) Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden, Beau Biden's wife Hallie Biden, and Hunter Biden, Beau Biden's brother, remain in the receiving line as hundreds of people continue to pay their respects.

According to a White House press report, the viewing service was scheduled until 5 p.m., but the Vice President was expected to remain long enough to greet anyone who stood in line to offer condolences.

UPDATE (3:40 p.m.) Today, before the viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover for Beau Biden, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution commemorating his life, according to a press release from Delaware Congressman John Carney's office.

Congressman Carney spoke in honor of Beau Biden, and in support of the resolution, prior to its passage by unanimous consent. Carney worked with his colleagues in the House to bring this resolution to the floor, showing the depth of sorrow felt around the country for Biden’s passing.

Carney’s remarks are as follows:

“I rise in support of this resolution that celebrates the life of Beau Biden. The son of our Vice President. My state’s former Attorney General. And my good friend. This weekend, Beau Biden left this world far too soon at the age of 46. My home state of Delaware, and this country, suffered a loss that is deeply painful, and deeply personal.

“Beau won our hearts when, as a young boy, he and his brother survived a car accident that killed his baby sister and his mother. His father, Joe, was sworn in to the United States Senate at Beau’s hospital bedside.After the accident, Joe held his children tight because he knew how fragile life was. And the rest of Delaware did the same with the entire Biden family.

“We watched Beau grow into a young lawyer, and then elected him twice to be our Attorney General, where he became a champion of protecting the most vulnerable among us. We were filled with pride as we watched him join the National Guard and deploy to Iraq. We were inspired by his example as a loving husband to Hallie, a doting father to Natalie and Hunter, and as always, a devoted son and brother. Family, for Beau, like Joe, was everything.

“Beau was a truly giving person.He appreciated the good in others in the way we all should. He leaves a legacy that calls on each of us to be more gentle in our judgments and more gracious with our thanks. He was one of the best of the good guys.

“Back in my home state of Delaware, people are hurting. It feels like every person you meet has been wounded by this loss, and just wishes there was something we could do to support our friends, the Bidens. But it is they who are comforting us. They have shown us the courage to believe that there is something more enduring than grief. Love endures – Beau and his family, through their love for each other, have shown us that.

“And so as we say good bye to this distinguished American, this genuinely good man, we say to him,…until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

UPDATE (3:20 p.m.) The line for Beau Biden's viewing is much shorter now, as it continues to rain at Legislative Hall. The line is moving quickly.

UPDATE (2:55 p.m.) Dozens of cars are streaming into the parking lot at Dover's Blue Hen Corporate Center to board shuttles to Legislative Hall.

Once the bus snakes through barricades near the hall, people get off and join a line of people waiting to get inside to pay their respect to the Biden family as they mourn the death of Beau Biden.

Jim Westhoff, a DelDOT spokesperson said to his knowledge this is the first time that DART buses have been used for an event like this.

"There are thousands of people who want to pay their respect today and DelDOT wants to help them do that," he said.

UPDATE (2:35 p.m.) After Vice President Joe Biden and other political leaders attended a brief service for Beau Biden inside Legislative Hall, Gov. Jack Markell offered comments to the press outside.

He thanked legislators for opening up Legislative Hall for this important event.

For Beau Biden's viewing, the line of people continues, but it's moving pretty fast.

UPDATE (2:27 p.m.) According to White House pool reports, mourners, still mostly public officials, continue to offer condolences to the Biden family, including the vice president, who is standing beside Beau Biden's flag-draped casket in front of the Senate dais.

Vice President Joe Biden and other Biden family members embraced several people who worked closely with Beau Biden in the Delaware Department of Justice. They included: Kathy Jennings, State Prosecutor; the top criminal prosecutor Tim Mullaney; Beau Biden's former chief of staff at Delaware DOJ Patricia Dailey Lewis, director of the DOJ's Family Division.

Others who offered condolences to the Bidens included Joe Rogalsky, who worked as a spokesman for Beau Biden, Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine, Superior Court President Judge Jan Jurden, and Superior Court Judge Ferris Wharton, the former state and federal prosecutor who campaigned against Beau Biden in the 2006 race for Delaware Attorney General.

UPDATE (2 p.m.): The service attended by Vice President Joe Biden, his family, and political leaders has concluded, and the public is now entering Legislative Hall for the viewing of the late Beau Biden.

UPDATE (1:40 p.m.) A brief service is now underway for Beau Biden in the State House’s Senate chamber at Legislative Hall. Here is the program, according to the Vice President’s office:

Invocation by Chaplain of National Guard, Colonel Ed Brandt;

Remarks and presentation of the Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross by Gov. Jack Markell;

Remarks by Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins;

Remarks by Speaker of the House Peter Schwartzkopf;

Remarks by Attorney General Matthew Denn;

Remarks by Former State Supreme Court Justice Myron Steele;

Benediction by Chaplain of National Guard, Colonel Ed Brandt.

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): According to White House pool reporters, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Dr. Jill Biden have arrived at Legislative Hall. Beau Biden's wife, Hallie, is also present, with children, Natalie and Hunter, as well as Beau's brother, Hunter, and sister, Ashley. The Vice President and Dr. Biden are holding hands with Hunter, Beau Biden's son. The casket, draped in an American flag, is being carried inside.

Among those who greeted the Bidens outside were Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, former Delaware Chief Justice Myron Steele, Attorney General Matt Denn, Senate President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins, Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Frank Vavala.

UPDATE (1:00 p.m.): The procession for Beau Biden’s viewing has just passed the DSU front gates on Rte 13 in Dover. It included several black SUVs, a white SUV, and a bevvy of police officers on bikes.

It arrived at Legislative Hall several minutes later, where dozens of people have begun to line up outside the building waiting to enter the viewing.

The service for VIPs is scheduled to last from 1 p.m. to 2pm, after which the public will be allowed to enter.

UPDATE (12:45 p.m.): The shuttles to Legislative Hall for the Beau Biden public viewing are loading and moving out from the Blue Hen Corporate Center lot. About three buses have already loaded and headed to downtown Dover.

Jim Westhoff, a DelDOT spokesperson, says the buses will be running until at least 5 p.m. today.

According to White House pool reporters, they are awaiting the vice president's arrival at Legislative Hall. Desks have been cleared out of the Senate chamber for the viewing service for Beau Biden. 

White flowers are displayed on the Senate dais. Next to the dais is a portrait of Beau Biden with wife, Hallie, and their two children, Natalie and Hunter. 

State officials now in the chamber ahead of 1 p.m. service include Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Attorney General Matt Denn, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and Senate President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins.

UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): State Sen. Bruce Ennis (D) of Smyrna was among the mourners waiting to enter Legislative Hall. “It's quite a tragedy someone his age has died,” he said. “I considered Beau Biden a friend of mine. He was an honorary member of the citizens hose company in Smyrna and a great friend of the legislature, a great friend of the public. It's certainly a great tragedy for his family."

Today’s cancelled legislative session, he said, could be rescheduled. "We can always reschedule it for another day. It's not every day that you lose someone of his caliber. He was our Attorney General."

Ennis said that this was the first time he remembers a legislative session being cancelled since he's served.

UPDATE (12:00 p.m.): The procession is leaving Wilmington at noon will come down Rt 1 exit at Odessa then take RT. 13 to Dover, according to Jill Freddel of DHSS.

At Legislative Hall, VIPs have arrived and begun entering the building. They include Delaware government officials, with Gov. Markell and his cabinet; and some federal, including Joe Biden. They will be there until the special ceremony is over at 2pm.

It's a chilly breezy morning outside. There are a lot of first responders and police in the perimeter monitoring the area. A flag has been raised on Martin Luther King Ave.

Mounted police are patrolling the area as well as Dover Capitol Police and secret service. Media is standing by.

Today’s legislative session has been cancelled for the proceedings. Rep. Kevin Hensley (R) of Dover said it was the right thing to do today in recognition of such an important event.

At the Blue Hen Corporate Center, Cecile Coleman of Dover was one of the first to arrive to board the shuttle to Legislative Hall. She said her late husband knew the Vice President quite well and so wants to be there for him.

UPDATE (12:00 p.m.): The procession for Beau Biden is leaving Wilmington at noon will come down Rt 1 exit at Odessa then take RT. 13 to Dover, according to Jill Freddel of DHSS.

At Legislative Hall, VIPs have arrived and begun entering the building. They include Delaware government officials, with Gov. Markell and his cabinet; and some federal, including Joe Biden. They will be there until the special ceremony is over at 2pm.

It's a chilly breezy morning outside. There are a lot of first responders and police in the perimeter monitoring the area. A flag has been raised on Martin Luther King Ave.

Mounted police are patrolling the area as well as Dover Capitol Police and secret service. Media is standing by.

Today’s legislative session has been cancelled for the proceedings. Rep. Kevin Hensley (R) said it was the right thing to do today in recognition of such an important event.

At the Blue Hen Corporate Center, Cecile Coleman of Dover was one of the first to arrive to board the shuttle to Legislative Hall. She said her late husband knew the Vice President quite well and so wants to be there for him.

UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): Gina Bastounis lives 5 minutes away from Legislative Hall. A retired pharmaceutical company employee, she said her time today would be best spent by paying her respects.

“Beau Biden was the VP's son and he was our attorney general,” she said. “I saw that he passed away and that the viewing would be in Dover so I came."

She is one of the few people already waiting to enter the viewing.

Meanwhile, DART workers and others are setting up now at the Blue Hen Corporate Center, where buses will take people to Legislative Hall for the Beau Biden public viewing. Shuttles will begin at 12:30 and run through 5 p.m.



UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: Walker Green is one of two people already standing in line to enter Legislative Hall. He is a student at Rutgers University who lives in Philadelphia, and comes to the hall regularly to lobby for campaign finance reform. He said that all this week, staff at the Legislature had been somber and sad.

“They're all like family [to him] so they are affected by his death,” he said.

Green added that he hadn’t brought lunch or anything to drink, but would stand in line until 2pm when he is allowed in.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Outside Legislative Hall, uniformed secret service has already set up search perimeters before letting VIPs and the public inside.

According to communications personnel with the Legislature, Vice President Joe Biden will be here this afternoon until everyone paying their respects have done so.

There will be a ceremony with only VIPs until approximately 2pm, after which the public will be allowed in to pay their respects.

Communications personnel with the Legislature there had been a miscommunication earlier about when the public will be allowed in, as it had previously been announced that this would start at 1.

Nonetheless, some mourners have already arrived to be at the front of the line outside of Legislative Hall.

UPDATE: 10:15 a.m.: The House of Representatives today will offer a resolution commemorating the life of Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III, Congressman Carney has announced.

Congressman Carney worked with his colleagues in the House to bring this resolution to the floor, showing the depth of sorrow felt around the country for Beau’s passing.

Congressman Carney is scheduled to speak in honor of Beau prior to the resolution’s passage, immediately following the next vote series, at approximately 12:00-12:30 pm. Carney’s remarks, and the passage of the resolution, can be viewed live on C-SPAN.