“Honoring a Legacy: Join Biden in Georgia to Celebrate Rosalynn Carter
President Biden is set to travel to Georgia on Wednesday, May 19th, to attend a memorial service celebrating the life and legacy of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Mrs. Carter, 98, passed away on May 18th, at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. She was the First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and is remembered for her tireless work in public policy issues such as mental health, substance abuse, and equal rights. In honoring Mrs. Carter, President Biden will be joined by former presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, as well as many other dignitaries and friends. The service will be held at the Georgia National Guard Armory in Americus. Rosalynn Carter was a beloved advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children, and was well-known for her work in raising awareness on child immunization. She bolstered public awareness of mental health issues, inviting people living with mental illnesses to the White House in 1979. The Carter Center, for which she was the founding honorary chair, has become a standard-bearer for international human rights and helped to broker a peace agreement in Mozambique. Mrs. Carter's work makes sense of President Biden's statement in response to her passing: “Rosalynn Carter was an extraordinary woman and a powerful advocate for children and families,” he said. “Her work on mental health, veterans issues, and global humanitarianism was inspiring and made an indelible mark on our country.” President Biden's visit to Georgia is sure to be a memorable one, where he will get to pay tribute to an extraordinary woman and pioneering public figure. He will also get to be part of a testament to pluralism and public service which Mrs. Carter embodied in her lifetime of work.