LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The country will say goodbye to President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday at a public service at Washington’s National Cathedral.
One Lexington woman knows exactly how much work goes into preparing that national service, because she has done it before.
As the country mourns the loss of a president, preparations for tomorrow’s public service are underway at Washington’s National Cathedral. It’s the preparation that Lexington’s Rev. Carol Wade is very familiar with.
“Anytime there is a celebration for the nation or a time of grieving, the Cathedral in Washington, it’s a beautiful Episcopal cathedral, understands that it is there to offer that care for the nation,” said Wade.
Before coming to Lexington’s Christ Church Cathedral, Wade served at Washington’s National Cathedral where she was responsible for around 2,000 services a year. While she was there, she took care of President Gerald Ford’s funeral service.
“I was in the back with all his honorary pallbearers, and this was years and years and years of political history in our country standing right there, and it was such a human moment,” said Wade.
That’s what she hopes people remember Wednesday. When you take away all the politics and media coverage, it comes down to a human moment.
“Even though it’s this big, big gathering of the nation, it’s very tender and very real,” she said.