Dole was severely wounded in combat in Italy in 1945. He also was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 1976 and, 20 years later, the presidential nominee. Clinton was at the National Cathedral service along with Vice President Kamala Harris, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Vice President Dan Quayle. Dole went on to a political career in the House and the Senate, where he served as majority leader. The long recovery left him with little use of his right arm. He lost in 1996, but his rival awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom the following year.
As he told the crowd at the memorial, Dole "did all but mix the concrete himself."
Dole, who died on Sunday at age 98, played a major role in the effort to build the memorial, which opened in 2004, and Hanks was an advocate to get it built.
"The memory and conscience of the man himself will always be here, right here, for as long as there is an America and that is a good thing, because here, we will always remember Bob Dole." "Bob Dole came to this plaza often to remember, to talk with veterans like himself and to their posterity, by greeting them with a shake to his left hand," Hanks said.
His body then will be flown to Kansas, his native state, for services there. Dole was eulogized by President Joe Biden earlier on Friday at a service at the National Cathedral.
Also speaking at the World War II Memorial was Savannah Guthrie, the co-host of Today, who said that Dole "once called himself the most optimistic man in America, and if he could be, surely we can too."
Tom Hanks was among the speakers who paid tribute to Bob Dole at a ceremony on Friday at the World War II Memorial.
Hanks said that Dole "called this a memorial to peace, so that all generations would remember that peace is achieved in shared labor, by shared sacrifice."
"I found Bob to be a man of principle, pragmatism and enormous integrity," Biden said.
Tom Hanks: "The memory and conscience of the man himself will always be here, right here, for as long as there is an America and that is a good thing, because here we will always remember Bob Dole." pic.twitter.com/Ode39wOBlb
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Hanks is the campaign chair for the Hidden Heroes Campaign, which supports military caregivers and is an initiative of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.