TOPEKA, (KSNT) — Updates have been made to services planned in honor of Senator Bob Dole. A private ceremony will take place at the Kansas Statehouse Saturday honoring former Kansas Senator Bob Dole.
According to a recent release from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Bob Dole will lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. with a private ceremony being held by President Joe Biden. Dole will then formally depart the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Dec. 10, at 10:00 a.m. The Capitol will be closed to public viewing due to COVID-19 concerns.
National leaders and President Biden will join Dole’s family members and close friends at the Washington National Cathedral for an invitation-only memorial service honoring the life of Senator Dole on Friday, Dec. 10, at 11:00 a.m. Tributes will be offered to the late senator by a number of guests and a YouTube livestream of the service can be found here.
At 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, Senator Dole’s motorcade and casket will pause at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. for a ceremony honoring his life and military service. Remarks and tributes will be made by close friends and family members. This event is open to the public. The service will be livestreamed to Facebook here.
Following the World War II ceremony, Dole and his family will be transferred to Joint Base Andrews, Md. for his final trip home to Kansas. The departure ceremony will take place at 2:35 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, with the senator’s casket expected to arrive at the Salina Regional Airport later that evening where it will be received by a delegation led by Governor Laura Kelly.
A public viewing will be held at St. mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell, Kansas on Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with tribute remarks to be made by Senator Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall. The public is invited to pass by the Senator’s casket following the service to pay their respects and at 1 p.m. Dole’s casket will depart.
A delegation of Kansas officials and Governor Kelly will receive Senator Dole’s casket on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Kansas state Capitol. ROTC cadets will provide an honor cordon as the Kansas National Guard Casket Team carries the Senator’s casket to its position of repose on the second level. Following that, a public ceremony will take place in the Capitol Rotunda and will include remarks from the governor, state senators and state representatives.
Senator Dole’s casket and family will return to Washington, D.C. Senator Dole’s internment details are forthcoming.
Some universities and college groups are also planning events to honor the late senator. Washburn College Republicans Club chairman, Claudia Fury, said their organization plans to hold a memorial on campus this Friday-Sunday, with more details being shared on social media.
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