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At memorial for U.S. Rep. Takai, vice president speaks of his own grief

Vice President Joe Biden speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday during a Celebration of Life ceremony for Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai. Takai died earlier this year after a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Vice President Joe Biden speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday during a Celebration of Life ceremony for Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai. Takai died earlier this year after a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Vice President Joe Biden greets Sami Takai, wife of the late Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, following a Celebration of Life ceremony for Rep. Mark Takai. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Vice President Joe Biden greets Sami Takai, wife of the late Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, following a Celebration of Life ceremony for Rep. Mark Takai. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

By MARY CLARE JALONICK
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Speaking of his own experience after his son Beau's death, Vice President Joe Biden is telling the family of the late congressman Mark Takai to "hang on to each other."

Biden joined members of Congress and Takai's family Wednesday at a memorial service in the U.S. Capitol to honor the Democratic lawmaker.

Takai was serving his first term representing Hawaii in the House when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Takai died in July at age 49.

The vice president says that the only way to get through the grief is "to hang on to each other, hold each other." He says the day will come when Takai's memory will bring a smile and not tears.

Biden's son Beau died last year after battling brain cancer.

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