Bob Graham to lie in state at Old Capitol Friday, private funeral thereafter

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The political giant will be honored in Tallahassee, with a memorial service for him next month in his hometown.

The celebration of the life of one of Florida’s most memorable elected leaders continues.

Bob Graham will lie in state in Florida’s Historic Capitol from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Following that, there will be a private funeral service for family members.

Yet people who knew him best will have a chance after that to memorialize him publicly at a service in his hometown on May 11 at the Miami Lakes United Church of Christ.

Graham — a former two-term state legislator, two-term state Senator, two-term Governor, one-time presidential candidate and three-term United States Senator — spent close to four decades in public service.

He is known for his work to bolster education, the Florida economy and environmental projects, notably the Everglades.

During his career in the federal government, he cast a long shadow as well, with his oversight of intelligence services and his willingness to buck the consensus when needed.

He was an early opponent of the President George W. Bushera war in Iraq, and he was a staunch proponent of bringing out inconvenient facts about the role of Saudi nationals in aiding and abetting the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a push that continued long after he left office.

In recognition of Graham’s undeniable legacy, Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this week ordered flags to be flown at half-staff through the date of his interment at all local and state buildings, installations and grounds throughout the state.

Those seeking to honor his life are encouraged to do so via helping to bolster his legacy, with donations to the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 25, 2024 at 11:27 am

    Guy’s dead and he still can’t stop lying. That is today’s G0P for ya

  • Nope

    April 26, 2024 at 4:42 pm

    Bob Graham was a Democrat, a pragmatic centrist, and an honorable man who worked for everybody, not his own party. He did not play party politics or favorites and he didn’t lie. He didn’t have to. He was a good governor and a great senator and he will be missed. His daughter Gwen should have been governor had the demos had enough sense to support her, which they didn’t because she was too normal and pragmatically sensible as well. The amount of carnage that could have been avoided is almost unfathomable.

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