The following statement was released yesterday:
Memorial Service for Jack F. Kemp Open to Family, Friends and Former Colleagues
May 6, 2009, WASHINGTON, D.C.—A memorial service will be held for the Honorable Jack Kemp on Friday, May 8, at 2 pm at Washington National Cathedral. The service is open to family, friends and former colleagues. Seating for the service begins at 1 pm, and attendees should plan on arriving as close to 1 pm as possible.
Today, the House passed H. Res. 401, a resolution honoring the life and recognizing the far-reaching accomplishments of the Honorable Jack Kemp. A bipartisan delegation headed by Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) and U. S. House of Representatives Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) will be attending the memorial service on Friday.
A tribute by Charles Colson and a pastoral prayer offered by the Reverend Alistair Begg, senior pastor of Parkside Church located in Bainbridge, Ohio, are scheduled. The sermon will be delivered by Dr. Robert Norris, senior pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church of Bethesda, Maryland. The Howard University Choir will sing at the service. Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III will welcome the congregation, and Episcopal Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane will offer the invocation and benediction.
Mr. Kemp represented western New York in Congress for 18 years and played professional football, quarterbacking for the Buffalo Bills. He headed the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President George H.W. Bush and was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 1996.
The service is closed to cameras; however, cameras are allowed outside, near the west end entrance to the Cathedral, for arrivals and departures. Since all Cathedral schools are in session, no surface parking will be available. Media are asked to drop off at Wisconsin Ave. and South Rd.