NOTE: Story has been updated to reflect weekend memorial plans in Kansas, with new locations.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sen. Bob Dole’s funeral plans are now set. Dole died Sunday in his sleep at the age of 98.
On Thursday, Dole’s casket will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol as congressional leaders honor the former Republican presidential candidate and World War II veteran who served in Congress for 36 years.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Washington National Cathedral. It will be live-streamed via the Washington National Cathedral’s YouTube page. President Joe Biden will join former presidents, current and former Congressional leaders, and Dole’s family members and close friends for a private memorial service.
Following the service, Dole’s casket will pause at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall for a public ceremony honoring his life and military service. The U.S. Army Band will perform. Remarks will be delivered by Gen. Mark A. Milley, Tom Hanks, and Savanah Guthrie. Sen. Elizabeth Dole will lay a wreath in her husband’s honor.
Initially, plans were released on the Dole Institute of Politics website to honor Sen. Dole in Kansas at multiple locations on Saturday. Late Tuesday, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation released the finalized remembrance events for Sen. Dole.
Following the World War Memorial ceremony, Dole and his family will be transferred to Joint Base Andrews, Md. for his final trip home to Kansas. A departure ceremony will take place at approximately 2:35 p.m. Dole’s casket will arrive at Salina Regional Airport Friday evening and will be received by a Kansas delegation led by Gov. Laura Kelly.
On Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m., a public viewing will be held at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell. A service will be held at 11 a.m., with tribute remarks from Senators Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, and Roger Marshall. The public will be invited to pass by the Senator’s casket following the service to pay their respects. At 1 p.m., Dole’s casket will depart for Topeka.
At 4 p.m., Gov. Kelly and a delegation of Kansas officials will receive Dole’s casket at the Kansas State Capitol. Kansas 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. A public ceremony will take place in the Capitol Rotunda and will include remarks by Governor Kelly, Senators Roger Marshall, Jerry Moran, Nancy Kassebaum Baker, and former Congressman James Slattery.
After the service, Senator Dole’s casket and family will return to Washington, D.C. Senator Dole’s internment details are forthcoming.
The Dole family requests that cards be mailed to:
The Dole Family
700 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037
In lieu of flowers, the Dole family requests that contributions/donations be made to the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.