Bob Dole funeral: Kansan to be honored at National Cathedral, World War II Memorial

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The life of former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., will again be honored in the nation’s capital Friday, with ceremonies at the Washington National Cathedral and the World War II Memorial.

Dole’s casket is expected to depart the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where his body has been lying in state and travel across the city to the cathedral, where President Biden, former Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, R-S.D., and his daughter Robin Dole will pay tribute to the life of the former majority leader.

Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Mike Pence are a few of the notable figures who will attend. The chaplain of the U.S. Senate, Reverend Dr. Barry C. Black, will deliver a homily.

National Cathedral is where Dole and his wife Elizabeth Dole, who went on to serve as a Cabinet secretary under two presidents and as a senator, were married in 1975.

Dole’s remains will then be escorted to the World War II Memorial, a site on the National Mall that Dole helped to bring into existence. He sustained serious injuries while fighting Nazi Germany in 1945 in the U.S. Army.

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    The casket of former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., arrives in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in state, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

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    A joint forces military bearer team moves the casket of former Sen. Bob Dole into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, where Dole will lie in state, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.  (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

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    President Joe Biden stands with first lady Jill Biden as they arrive for a congressional ceremony to honor former Sen. Bob Dole, at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.  (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

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    Elizabeth Dole, second from left, their daughter Robin, watch as a joint services military bearer team moves the casket of her husband former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., as during arrival at the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in state in the Rotunda, Thursday Dec. 9, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/Pool via AP)

Dole was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and an Oak Cluster for his military service. In 2013, Dole told Fox News he wanted to be remembered as a “veteran who gave his most for his country.”

He left the Army as a captain and was promoted to colonel by Congress in 2019.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, actor Tom Hanks and NBC “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie are scheduled to give remarks at the World War II Memorial event.

Dole’s body, with Elizabeth Dole and Robin Dole, will depart Washington and fly from Joint Base Andrews to Kansas, where more events are scheduled.

FILE PHOTO: The west front of Washington’s National Cathedral.
(REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo)

Biden and congressional leadership honored Dole Thursday as a “giant of our history.”

“America has lost one of its greatest patriots,” Biden said at the U.S. Capitol.

Biden urged unity as a way to honor Dole.

“Like many of us here, we disagreed on a number of things, but not on any of the fundamental things. We still found a way to work together,” Biden said. “We genuinely respected one another as colleagues, as fellow Americans, It was real. It wasn’t fake.”

Lying in state is one of the most solemn American traditions, reserved only for select prominent individuals. Dole is only the 33rd person in U.S. history to lie in state in the Rotunda. Since the turn of the century, only Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Ford and Reagan have lain in state in that location.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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