Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama are just two of many political figures attending the funeral service Saturday morning for R. Sargent Shriver, an in-law of the Kennedys and the first director of the Peace Corps.
The funeral Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, is being held at Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, Md., at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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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 and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease since at least 2003.
A wake for Shriver was to be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown. It was open to the public. Speakers included Rep. Steny Hoyer and former presidential candidate George McGovern.
Relatives of Shriver said they have been touched by the support they've received after his death.
Maria Shriver thanked people for their condolences in a posting on Twitter on Friday. She and her brother, Tim, tweeted that the family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes and support.
They invited people to follow live updates on memorial activities on Twitter.
More information can be found on Twitter @SargeMemorial.