Biden to Deliver Eulogy for Madeleine Albright
President Joe Biden will eulogize former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at her funeral Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.
The invitation-only service will be livestreamed beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
“When I think of Madeleine, I will always remember her fervent faith that ‘America is the indispensable nation,'” Biden wrote in a statement after Albright’s death last month.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also will give speeches, along with Albright’s three daughters. Musicians Chris Botti, Judy Collins, and Herbie Hancock will perform.
Albright, who died last month at age 84, was nominated by President Clinton in 1996 as the country’s 64th secretary of state and the first woman to serve in that position. She had previously served as his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
An immigrant from Prague, Czechoslovakia, she helped steer Western foreign policy in the aftermath of the Cold War, in addition to promoting human rights and democracy around the world.
During an interview on “PBS NewsHour” last month, President Clinton said that Albright “represented America’s best possible future.”
Her death was “an immense loss to the world in a time when we need the lessons of her life the most,” President Clinton said in a statement.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story gave the incorrect year Albright was nominated to be Secretary of State. President Bill Clinton nominated Albright for the role in 1996; the U.S. Senate confirmed her in 1997.