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Wake To Be Held In Washington For Sargent Shriver

R. Sargent Shriver and his daughter, Maria, hold a newly minted commemorative silver dollar coin honoring his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, in 1995. (AP)
R. Sargent Shriver and his daughter, Maria, hold a newly minted commemorative silver dollar coin honoring his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, in 1995. (AP)

A wake is being held in Washington for R. Sargent Shriver, an in-law of the Kennedys and the first director of the Peace Corps.

The wake is Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, and is open to the public. Speakers include Rep. Steny Hoyer and former presidential candidate George McGovern.

On Saturday, a funeral Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington will be held at Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, Md. A family spokesman says Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama will attend the Mass.

Shriver will be buried late Saturday in the same cemetery as his wife, Eunice, at St. Francis Xavier parish in Hyannis, Mass.

Shriver died Tuesday after being hospitalized for several days in his native Maryland. He was 95.

This program aired on January 21, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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