DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden and his family are welcoming Delaware residents to the state Capitol to pay their respects to former Attorney General Beau Biden.

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., introduces his father at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008 (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Beau Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. He'll lie in honor Thursday in the state Senate chamber, following a processional from Wilmington to Dover.

Thursday's services are the first in a series of public commemorations, which include a viewing at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilmington on Friday, followed by a Saturday funeral Mass at which President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy.

Biden opted not to seek a third term as attorney general last year, saying he would run for governor in 2016, but his health declined after doctors discovered a brain lesion in 2013.

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