Dole honored with events in DC, his hometown, Kansas capital

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Bob Dooley will be honored at a private memorial service Friday, attended by a public service at a World War II memorial in Washington before the coffins of former presidential candidate President Joe Biden as well as convicted soldiers and their convicted soldiers. Will travel to Kansas for events in hometown. state capital.

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Dole’s coffin will be placed in the state at the US Capitol on Thursday. Biden will join friends of Congress and former presidents, current and former leaders in the Dole family for a private service at Washington National Cathedral on Friday morning, according to the Dole Institute of Politics.

The public event at a later World War II memorial would include remarks from actor Tom Hanks as well as former chairman of the US Army Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.


Dole died on Sunday at the age of 98. He served in Congress for 36 years, emerging as the US Senate majority leader. He was the 1996 Republican nominee for president, losing to incumbent Democrat Bill Clinton.

Dole’s coffin is set to arrive Friday evening in Hayes, Kansas, and will be welcomed by a state delegation led by Gov. Laura Kelly before traveling to Russell, Dole’s hometown, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the east.

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

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

Dole was born and raised in Russell and was mortally wounded in 1945 during World War II while on a German post in Italy, before being mortally wounded in battle. He spent three years recovering and never used his right hand.

He served as the local county attorney, then in the Kansas House, and served four terms in the US House, representing the western Kansas district. He served more than four terms in the Senate and was the leader of the majority when he left Congress in 1996. He was also the 1976 nominee for vice president on the GOP’s losing ticket with President Gerald Ford.

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


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