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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Honored in Tribute Service at Emory University

A memorial service to pay tribute to the late former first lady Rosalynn Carter will be held on Tuesday at Glenn Memorial Church located at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Carter, the wife of former President Carter, passed away at the age of 96 just two days after entering hospice care.

She had been diagnosed with dementia earlier this year in March.

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Although the invitation-only event will be attended by high-profile guests, the public will have the opportunity to listen to the tributes and participate virtually in the service. Here is what you need to know about the upcoming tribute service:

When will it start?

The service is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but the public can tune in earlier. It is expected to conclude around 2:45 p.m.

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Where will it take place?

The tribute service will be held at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church at Emory University.

Who will attend?

Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to attend the service, despite his own hospice care. The event will also be attended by other notable figures such as President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, former first lady Laura Bush, former first lady Michelle Obama, former first lady Melania Trump, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and his daughter Bailey, Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves, and several members of Congress and Georgia elected officials.

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What to expect from the service?

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra members will provide musical performances, including some of the “most beloved tunes” of the former first lady, as well as a special arrangement by ASO conductor Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. Pianist David Osborne, a personal favorite of the Carters, will play a medley of hymns as a prelude to the service.

The ASO Chamber Chorus and family friends Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are also slated to deliver musical performances. The call to worship and invocation will be given by Reverend Mark Westmoreland, the pastor of Glenn Memorial.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Pastor Tony Lowden, the Carters’ personal pastor.

Rosalynn Carter’s son, James Earl “Chip” Carter III, will welcome attendees, while her daughter, Amy Carter, will present a reading. Scripture passages will be read by a grandson and three great-grandchildren.

Longtime aide and friend Kathryn Cade, journalist Judy Woodruff, and grandson Jason Carter will pay tribute to Rosalynn Carter.

The service will conclude with Lowden’s benediction and a song by the ASO Chamber Chorus. Osborne will play a recessional song, followed by a postlude by organist Norman Mackenzie and the ASO Brass Quartet, as per the Carter Center’s statement.

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