Along with classical music, hymns, and Bible verses, a tribute to former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter will be held on Tuesday It will include an unusual gathering of all living first ladies and many presidents, including her husband Jimmy Carter who is 99 years old.
The ceremony at Glenn Memorial Church in Atlanta will be the second of three days to honor the former first lady and humanitarian activist who died on November 19 at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96. Tributes began on Monday at the native Sumter County to the Carters and continued to Atlanta where their remains lie at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Center.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, longtime friends of the Carters, head the list of dignitaries who will accompany the former president to Atlanta. Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with former first ladies Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, and Laura Bush, were present, as were Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and his wife Marty Kemp. Former presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush were invited but will not attend.
Jimmy Carter’s attendance at the event was not in doubt until the last moment: The former president was in hospice care for 10 months. The Carter Center confirmed plans to attend Tuesday’s service. It was his first public appearance since September when he and his wife participated in a parade through the Plains, but in a Secret Service vehicle. Jimmy Carter, who accompanied his wife in her final moments, did not publicly attend the procession and wreath-laying Monday at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Rosalynn Carter’s alma mater.
The Carters married in 1946 and were together for 77 years, the longest marriage of any American president.