[Washington National Cathedral] The funeral of former Senator Bob Dole will be held at Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
He served in Congress for decades, both as a senator and as a member of the House of Representatives, representing his home state of Kansas, after being severely wounded in combat in World War II. He was the vice presidential candidate of the Republican Party in the 1976 elections and the presidential candidate in the 1996 elections. During his tenure, he was also the leader of the majority in the Senate for three years.
He died downstairs on December 5; he was 98 years old. The service will be attended by President Joe Biden and other guests. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will work with Washington Bishop Mariann Budde and offer a final blessing.
The service will be broadcast live on the cathedral’s YouTube channel.
“Throughout his life, Senator Dole has illustrated the highest virtues we as a nation can ask of our public officials: heroism in dealing with danger, courage in his beliefs, and a willingness to do what is right, even when it is. it’s easy, ”said Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of the Washington National Cathedral. “His military and congressional files are long and story, but perhaps what distinguished him most was the impact he had on the people around him, inspiring them to lead through the power of his example. He will be deeply missed, both by his loved ones and by the nation he so devotedly represented through his life’s service. “
Born in Russell, Kansas, Dole enlisted in the Army and was later assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in 1942 to fight in World War II. He was severely wounded in Italy, for his injuries he received two purple hearts and a bronze star with a “V” device for bravery. After recovering from his injuries, Dole was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives and served as the district attorney for his home district of Russell.
In 1960, he was elected to represent Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until 1969. That year, he was elected a U.S. senator from Kansas, a position he held until his voluntary retirement in 1996. During his tenure in the Senate, Dole served as Republican Senate leader, Senate majority leader, Senate minority leader, Senate Finance Committee chairman, and Republican National Committee chairman. He is survived by his wife, former Senator Elizabeth Dole, and daughter Robin.
Dole’s funeral will not be open to the general public, and only those who have tickets will be able to attend. All security measures will be taken to ensure the health of staff and guests present. More information on Dole’s legacy and public memorial events can be found at robertdole.org.