Archives for Apr 27, 1994

Senator Bob Dole’s Remarks At Richard Nixon’s Funeral

Senator Bob Dole, Republican Minority Leader, spoke at Richard Nixon’s funeral in California.

Senator Bob Dole

Remarks by Senator Bob Dole at Richard Nixon’s funeral.

I believe the second half of the 20th Century will be known as the age of Nixon. Why was he the most durable public figure of our time? Not because he gave the most eloquent speeches, but because he provided the most effective leadership. Not because he won every battle, but because he always embodied the deepest feelings of the people he led.

One of his biographers said that Richard Nixon was one of us. And so he was. He was a boy who heard the train whistle in the night and dreamed of all the distant places that lay at the end of the track. How American. He was a grocer’s son who got ahead by working harder and longer than everyone else. How American.

Nixon and DoleHe was a student who met expenses by doing research at the law library for 35 cents an hour while sharing a run-down farmhouse without water or electricity. How American. He was the husband and father who said that the best memorial to his wife was her children. How American. [Read more…]

Remarks By California Governor Pete Wilson At Richard Nixon’s Funeral

The Republican Governor of California, Pete Wilson, spoke at Richard Nixon’s funeral.

Text of remarks by Gov. Pete Wilson at Richard Nixon’s funeral.

Richard Nixon has a beautiful family, and he was devoted to them. Anyone who ever saw them together knew that his beloved Pat, and his girls, Tricia and Julie were everything to him. He was so proud of them, of his sons-in-law, Edward and David, and his grandchildren. But he also had a much larger extended family, a family of those who worked for him and with him — and I was and am very lucky to be a part of that family.

I was one of the many young men and women in whom he inspired the same fierce loyalty that he gave to us. From the first, I was struck by the quality of his personal generosity. When we met in 1962, he’d already debated Khrushchev and President Kennedy. He’d already run for President. He’d been a major political figure on the world stage. But, still, he had time to talk to and to help an eager young advance man who could offer him little but energy and enthusiasm. [Read more…]

Remarks By Dr. Henry Kissinger At Richard Nixon’s Funeral

Nixon’s former Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, spoke at Nixon’s funeral.

Remarks by Dr. Henry Kissinger at Richard Nixon’s funeral.

During the final week of Richard Nixon’s life, I often imagined how he would have reacted to the tide of concern, respect, admiration and affection evoked by his last great battle. His gruff pose of never paying attention to media comment would have been contradicted by a warm glow and the ever-so-subtle hint that another recital of the commentary would not be unwelcome. And without quite saying so, he would have conveyed that it would mean a lot to him if Julie and Tricia, David and Ed were told of his friends’ pride in this culmination to an astonishing life. [Read more…]

Remarks By Dr. Billy Graham At Richard Nixon’s Funeral

Richard Nixon’s funeral was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham.

Remarks by Dr. Billy Graham at Nixon funeral.

On behalf of the family of Richard Nixon, I welcome you who have gathered to join with them in paying final respects to the memory of Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States.

Today, in this service, we remember with gratitude his life, his accomplishments, and we give thanks to God for those things he did to make our world a better place.

Through this service, may our dedication to serving others be deepened, and may our eyes be lifted to that which is eternal. Let us hear the word of the Lord, our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and Earth. Our God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. [Read more…]

Remarks By President Clinton At Richard Nixon’s Funeral

President Bill Clinton spoke at Richard Nixon’s funeral at Yorba Linda.

Remarks by President Clinton at funeral of Richard Nixon.

President Nixon opened his memoirs with a simple sentence: “I was born in a house my father built.” Today, we can look back at this little house and still imagine a young boy sitting by the window of the attic he shared with his three brothers, looking out to a world he could then himself only imagine. From those humble roots, as from so many humble beginnings in this country, grew the force of a driving dream — a dream that led to the remarkable journey that ends here today where it all began. Beside the same tiny home, mail-ordered from back East, near this towering oak tree which, back then, was a mere seedling. [Read more…]

Complete Video Of Richard Nixon’s Funeral Service

This is video from the Clinton Library of the funeral of former President Richard Nixon.