Bob Dole to be honored with events in DC, his hometown, capital of Kansas


TOPEKA, Kansas – Bob Dole will be honored Friday at a private memorial service attended by President Joe Biden as well as a public service at the WWII Memorial in Washington before the casket of the former presidential candidate and Decorated Soldier only travels to Kansas for events in his hometown and the state capital.

Dole’s coffin will rest in state Thursday at the United States Capitol. Biden will join past presidents, current and former congressional leaders, friends and family Dole for the private service Friday morning at the Washington National Cathedral, according to the Dole Institute of Politics.

The public event later at the WWII Memorial will feature remarks by actor Tom Hanks as well as Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Army.

Dole died on Sunday at the age of 98. He served 36 years in Congress, becoming the majority leader in the US Senate. He was the Republican presidential candidate in 1996, losing to incumbent Democrat Bill Clinton.

Dole’s coffin is expected to arrive in Hays, Kansas on Friday night and will be received by a state delegation led by Governor Laura Kelly before traveling to Dole’s hometown of Russell, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) to ballast.

A public display of Dole’s casket and a memorial service are scheduled for Saturday morning at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell.

A private ceremony will follow on Saturday afternoon at the Statehouse in Topeka, with remarks from Kelly and the two US state senators, Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran.

Dole was born and raised in Russell before being seriously injured in fighting in Italy in 1945 during World War II while charging a German position. He spent three years recovering and never regained the use of his right hand.

He served as a local county attorney, then at Kansas House, and four terms at US House representing a district in western Kansas. He served more than four terms in the Senate and was Majority Leader when he left Congress in 1996. He was also the 1976 candidate for Vice President on the GOP losing ticket with President Gerald Ford .

Dole was known for his caustic wit towards himself and others. In Congress, he shaped tax and foreign policy and worked vigorously to help people with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects against discrimination in employment, education, and public services.

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