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Biden hails Bob Dole as a ‘genuine hero,’ praises courage and integrity at memorial service

President Biden hailed former senator Bob Dole as a “genuine hero,” praising his courage on the battlefield and integrity on Capitol Hill, as he spoke at an invitation-only memorial service at Washington National Cathedral. Former senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), and Dole’s daughter, Robin Dole, also spoke.

At a public ceremony at the World II Memorial in Washington, actor Tom Hanks lauded Dole’s military service and said “the memory and conscience of the man himself will always be here, right here, for as long as there is an America.” Others who paid tribute to Dole, a World War II veteran, include NBC “Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Here’s what to know:

  • Dole’s obituary in The Washington Post noted that he overcame the hardships of Dust Bowl Kansas during the Depression and devastating wounds in World War II to run three times for the presidency and serve more than a decade as the Senate Republican leader.
  • Additional services for Dole are planned on Saturday in Kansas, both in Russell, the late senator’s birthplace, and at the state Capitol in Topeka.
  • View photos spanning Dole’s life and career here and photos from his memorial service at the cathedral here.
  • Read an op-ed penned by Dole, urging unity and bipartisanship, here. It has been cited by Biden and others in their tributes.
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Here's what to know:

Dole’s obituary in The Washington Post noted that he overcame the hardships of Dust Bowl Kansas during the Depression and devastating wounds in World War II to run three times for the presidency and serve more than a decade as the Senate Republican leader.
Additional services for Dole are planned on Saturday in Kansas, both in Russell, the late senator’s birthplace, and at the state Capitol in Topeka.
View photos spanning Dole’s life and career here and photos from his memorial service at the cathedral here.
Read an op-ed penned by Dole, urging unity and bipartisanship, here. It has been cited by Biden and others in their tributes.

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