Joe Biden has farewelled his hometown of Delaware in an emotional speech, thanking his supporters and the state that helped raise him.
"You were with me my whole career, through the good times and the bad," he said through tears.
"In our family, the values we share, the character we strive for, the way we view the world it all comes from home. It all comes from Delaware."
He recalled how much his late son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, loved the town saying his only regret was that Beau could not be there.
Beau died from brain cancer in 2015.
"Because we should be introducing him as president."
As he farewelled the crowd, Biden told them "excuse the emotion, but when I die, Delaware will be written on my heart."
Biden will be sworn in as President on Thursday on the steps of the US Capitol. Security has been increased tenfold for the event with 20,000 members of the National Guard expected to be in place for the ceremony.
It follows a deadly pro-Trump riot which resulted in the deaths of five people on 6 January.
As a result Inauguration Day 2021 has been declared a special national security event, allowing city security officials to coordinate with federal agencies like the FBI and Secret Service
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