Biden and Harris to Participate in Rosalynn Carter Memorial Service

President Joe Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses, is set to travel to Georgia next week to participate in services honoring Rosalynn Carter, as announced by a senior administration official on Wednesday.

Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady and wife of former President Jimmy Carter, passed away on Sunday at her residence in Plains, Georgia.

On Tuesday in Atlanta, a tribute celebration will be held, attended by President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, and former First Lady Laura Bush, according to the administration official.

The late Rosalynn Carter, remembered as a humanitarian advocate for mental health care and a constant political adviser to her husband, passed away at the age of 96.

Memorial events are scheduled to commence on Monday with a wreath-laying at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, where Rosalynn Carter graduated in 1946. Subsequently, she will lie in repose at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.

The tribute service on Tuesday will take place at Glenn Memorial Church at Emory University in Atlanta, with invited guests. On Wednesday, a funeral service is scheduled at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, the Carters’ long-time place of worship. A private ceremony will follow for the interment of the former first lady at the Carters’ residence.

Having visited the Carters at their home in April 2021, the Bidens have maintained contact with them over the past year. The president and senior aides expressed their condolences following Rosalynn Carter’s passing, which occurred after a dementia diagnosis and a brief period of hospice care at home.

Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter, who were married for over 77 years—a record for first couples—had a deep connection. Jimmy Carter, now 99, conveyed in a statement, “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished. She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.


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