President Biden to attend Rosalynn Carter’s memorial service in Atlanta

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk with former first lady Rosalynn Carter as they leave the home of former President Jimmy Carter during a trip to mark Biden's 100th day in office, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Plains, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk with former first lady Rosalynn Carter as they leave the home of former President Jimmy Carter during a trip to mark Biden's 100th day in office, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Plains, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden will attend Rosalynn Carter’s memorial service in Atlanta on Tuesday, joining in the remembrances of the former first lady who died Sunday at age 96.

Current first lady Jill Biden, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, are also scheduled to travel to Atlanta for the services, which will be held at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on Emory University’s campus.

The services are not open to the public, although they will be broadcast on television.

Biden has a decades-long relationship with the Carters, and often tells the story of becoming the first U.S. senator to endorse Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign in the 1970s.

The current first couple and the former first couple spent time together in Plains in 2021.

In March, Joe Biden confirmed that Jimmy Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981, had asked him to deliver the eulogy at his funeral. Jimmy Carter, 99, has been in home hospice care since February.

Rosalynn Carter, Jimmy’s wife of 77 years, died at their house in Plains on Sunday surrounded by family. Later that day, Biden released a statement praising her advocacy work over the years and remarking upon the lasting nature of her marriage.

“She was a champion for equal rights and opportunities for women and girls; an advocate for mental health and wellness for every person; and a supporter of the often unseen and uncompensated caregivers of our children, aging loved ones, and people with disabilities,” Biden said. “Above all, the deep love shared between Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter is the definition of partnership, and their humble leadership is the definition of patriotism.”

Rosalynn Carter will be buried in Plains on Wednesday.

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