Tom Hanks shares the lessons he learned from Bob Dole

Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 4:37 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2021 at 4:38 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, Kan. (KWCH/CNN) - Actor Tom Hanks, NBC “Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined family and friends for a public ceremony paying tribute to Bob Dole Friday afternoon at the National World War II Memorial in Washington.

Dole died on Sunday at age 98. The former U.S. Senator from Kansas played a major role in the effort to build the memorial, which opened in 2004. Hanks, who was an advocate to get the memorial built, said it was Dole who willed it into existence.

“He pushed the idea. He corraled the votes. He made the phone calls. He enlisted allies, all of us in the cars, and he raised the money. He did all but mixed the concrete himself, which he may have done, had he had the use of that right arm,” said Hanks.

“This memorial stands in this rightful site because Bob Dole remembered. He remembered the nearly half a million souls, who unlike him, never came home from the second World War. He remembered the years of service the surviving Americans had invested. Yet this memorial was not built only for the generation it honors anymore than it was erected to crow their victory,” said Hanks. “Bob Dole called this a memorial to peace; so that all generations would remember that peace is achieved by shared labor, by shared sacrifice, by volunteering for the shared duty, if peace is to be won, and if we Americans are to continue our pursuit of a more perfect nation in an imperfect world.”

Elizabeth and Robin Dole also laid a wreath honoring the late Senator while a service member performed Taps.

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