WATCH: Memorial service for former Vice President Walter Mondale
Walter Mondale’s memorial service is held at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium.
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President Joe Biden, Governor Tim Walz and Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar will speak at the memorial service for former Minnesota Senator and Vice President Walter Mondale on Sunday afternoon.
Before running for president in 1984, Mondale served as a Minnesota senator from 1964 to 1976, when he served as vice president under Jimmy Carter until 1981.
The memorial service for Mondale will be held at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium and will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and is scheduled to end at 3 p.m.
Mondale was a graduate of the university and its law school, and the law school building is named after him. The service features a performance of “Tomorrow” from “Annie,” and a closing by the college marching band, which will send people off with the fight song “Minnesota Rouser.”
The University of Minnesota ROTC will begin the service by presenting the flags and will be greeted by Walz. Biden is expected to speak around 2:25 p.m.
The list of speakers expected at the Sunday service includes:
President Joe Biden Gov. Tim WalzSen. Tina Smith, Senator. Amy Klobuchar Rev. Tim Hart-Andersen of Westminster Presbyterian Church in MinneapolisJoan TA Gabel, President of the University of MinnesotaLarry Jacobs, Professor at the Humphrey School of Public AffairsTed and William Mondale, Son of Mondale Jon Meacham, Presidential Historian
Biden described Mondale as “one of our nation’s most dedicated patriots and public servants.”
“I mean, we’re in a fight for democracy around the world,” she said. “And that was something close to his heart. He loved our own constitution, of course, but he was also such a powerful figure on the world stage.”
Mondale followed a trail set by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, as Minnesota attorney general before replacing Humphrey in the US Senate.
He lost one of the most lopsided presidential elections in history to Ronald Reagan in 1984. He won only Minnesota and the District of Columbia after telling voters to expect higher taxes s he was winning. But he made history in that race by choosing Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate, becoming the first candidate from a major party to put a woman on the ticket.
Mondale remained a revered former liberal, with a long list of accomplishments, and later served as ambassador to Japan under President Bill Clinton. But he was not done with politics. In 2002, at age 74, he was drafted to run again for the Senate after Senator Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash shortly before the election. Mondale lost the shortened race to Republican Norm Coleman.
Biden paid tribute to Mondale at the time of her death last year, saying, “There have been few senators, before or since, who have garnered such universal respect. … It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as a full partnership and helped provide a model for my department.
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