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Honoring Dole in Kansas

John AndersonDecember 8, 2021

President Joe Biden will be among those paying respects before former Sen. Bob Dole makes one final trip home to Kansas. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced final plans late Tuesday for a series of events to honor the late Senator’s life. Dole passed away early Sunday, Dec. 5, at the age of 98. Wounded in World War II, he went on to represent Kansas in Congress for more than three decades, stepping down from the Senate in 1996 when he became the Republican Presidential nominee. Pres. Biden will be among speakers at Dole’s private memorial service Friday, Dec. 10, at the Washington National Cathedral. A public memorial will take place the same day at National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The ceremony there will include Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Gen. Mark A. Milley, 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Tom Hanks, and Savannah Guthrie. Dole makes his final trip to Kansas on Friday evening. He will land at Salina Regional Airport, where a delegation led by Gov. Laura Kelly will receive him. A public viewing is scheduled for from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Dole’s hometown of Russell, followed by an 11 a.m. service. Sens. Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, and Roger Marshall will speak. The public may then pass by Dole’s casket, leading up to a 1 p.m. departure for Topeka. In Topeka, a public ceremony is planned for 4 p.m. in the Statehouse rotunda. Dole will lie in repose on the second level. Gov. Kelly; Sens. Marshall, Moran, and Nancy Kassebaum Baker; and former U.S. Rep. James Slattery will give remarks.






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