Flags at Half Staff in Honor of Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole

photo of U.S. Senator Bob Dole in front of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Bob Dole in front of the WWII Memorial.
Courtesy Dole Institute of Politics.

Flags have been lowered to half staff in honor of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, who died Sunday, Dec. 5. He was 98 years old and had been battling lung cancer at the time of his death.

News of Dole’s death was released from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, stating, “Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, as age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. flag  to be lowered and to fly at half staff until the day of Dole’s internment. Biden described Dole in a statement as “an American statesman like few in our history. A war hero and among the greatest of the Greatest Generation.”

The full statement is available here.

Former President Obama remembered Dole in a Tweet calling him “a war hero, a political leader, and a statesman—with a career and demeanor harkening back to a day when members of the Greatest Generation abided by a certain code, putting country over party. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and the Dole family.”

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan described Dole as a true statesman and selfless patriot who “brought incredible decency to public service” in a statement released Sunday.

Funeral arrangements are not available at this time. They will be posted to the Robert Dole Institute of Politics online.

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