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that we may henceforth be good enough and great enough for our times. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“And now, O Father, who doest all things well, with thankful hearts that Thou has given him to us for a season, we give Thy servant, Everett, back to Thy tender care until the shadows flee away, and the brighter day dawns, when the visible and invisible are as one in Thy higher Kingdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer, by Albert Hay Malotte, the United States Army Chorus, Specialist 7 Kenneth B. Corcoran, Soloist:

“Our Father, who art in heaven; Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done; On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts; As we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

Benediction: The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you always. Amen.



ILL., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1969 Conducted by the Rev. Edward L. R. Elson, D.D., Chaplain, U.S. Senate, assisted by the Rev. Charles H. Reckard, Pastor, Woodland Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, the Rev. Ralph H. Cordes, Pastor, Second Reformed Church, Pekin, Illinois.

Procession to grave hymns played by The 505th Air Force Band, Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois.

Sentences from Holy Scripture, Dr. Elson: “In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee for he trusteth in Thee."

Committal statement, Dr. Elson: “The last march is ended; a mighty man of God has answered his last roll call.

“His battles are all fought, his victories all won; and he lies down to rest awaiting the final bugle call.

"What is mortal of thy servant, EVERETT, we commit to this hallowed place.

“What is immortal we commit to the tender care of the Eternal Father who doeth all things well.

“Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in hope of a glorious and eternal resurrection through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Prayer, Dr. Elson: “Let us pray. Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of those who depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of

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the faithful after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, are in joy and felicity; we give Thee hearty thanks for the good examples of all those Thy servants, who having finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labors. And we beseech Thee, that we, with all those who are departed in the true faith of Thy Holy Name may have their perfect consummation and bliss both in body and in soul, in Thy eternal and everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Prayer, Mr. Cordes: “Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, creator and giver of life, we give thee humble thanks for Thy divine providence that is over life, that brings order out of chaos, light out of darkness and life out of death. We give thanks that through Jesus Christ we may know Thee, love Thee and serve Thee. We are grateful to Thee for the life of EVERETT DIRksen. Thy divine providence was over his godly nurture and Christian training. Thou didst call him out of humble background to serve his nation in the military, and in national leadership. We give Thee thanks for the purpose and goal of his life, for his tireless efforts, for his unselfish service and for his deep compassion to help those in need, and to truly serve his country and his God. As of old Thou didst seek a man to build a wall and to stand in the breach for Thee in the land, and we are glad that this has been his place of service and that Thou didst enable him to fill it well. Inspire us by the power of Thy Holy Spirit, that in commitment to Thee, we may serve without the desire to be served, that we may love without asking to be loved, that we may give without counting the cost, and that we may work without asking for reward, doing that which is our duty to do that we may finally hear of Thee, 'Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.' Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

Benediction: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Firing of three volleys.
Ceremonial folding of the flag.
Withdrawal of pall bearers.

Presentation of flag to Mrs. Dirksen by Lt. Gen. Vernon P. Mock, U.S.A., Commanding General of the Fifth Army.

The Vice President presented his respects to Mrs. Dirksen.
The Governor of Illinois presented his respects to Mrs. Dirksen.

Mr. MURPHY. Mr. President, one of the most concise, yet eloquent, tributes I have yet seen to the late Senator DIRKSEN, came in an editorial from the San Diego Union on September 9, 1969. I

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ask unanimous consent that this expressive eulogy be printed in the Record.


"In God We Trust."

The phrase was more than a motto to Sen. EVERETT MCKINLEY Dirksen. It was a way of life.

Since his death Sunday afternoon, there have been many eulogies and many reminiscences. Not a few have lamented the passing of the Senate's great orator of the old eloquent tradition.

We shared the joy of Senator DIRKsen's resonant speeches.

But the senior senator from Illinois must be remembered for more than a great oratorical style.

Here was a man who believed fiercely in the basic differences between right

and wrong.

EVERETT McKINLEY DIRKsen was a broad man, one whose priorities were simple. He gave his first allegiance to God, his second to the United States of America, his third to his family, his fourth to the Republican Party.

Without Senator DIRKSEN, President Kennedy would not have had the nuclear test ban treaty which is regarded as his tallest monument.

Mr. Dirksen's reasoning was simple:

"I should not like to have written on my tombstone: 'He knew what happened at Hiroshima, but he did not take the first step.'

Without Senator DIRKSEN, President Johnson would not have had the civil rights legislation that he considers his greatest contribution to the nation.

Without Senator DIRKSEN, President Eisenhower's programs would have been emasculated in his last two years in office by a highriding, newly-elected Democratic majority.

Without Senator DIRKSEN, President Nixon probably would not have won Senate approval of the Safeguard antiballistic missile system. Without Senator DIRKSEN, Mr. Nixon now faces trying days on Capitol Hill. No one since Sen. Robert A. Taft better deserved the title of “Mr. Republican."

It is hard to forget how he stood staunchly alongside President Johnson in the trying ordeal of Vietnam, privately leaning toward a “victory" policy, but publicly supporting the chief executive on what to Dirksen were the best of all grounds:

“Because he is my President

Senator DIRKSEN died without satisfying one of his fiercest convictions the restoration of prayer to public schools.

In Mr. Dirksen's view, the Supreme Court decisions outlawing school prayer had taken something basic away from America.

His memory could be served in no better way than to hasten passage of a constitutional amendment that put prayer back in the classroom and reasserts the nation's faith in the words EVERETT McKinley Dirksen lived by:

“In God We Trust."

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Mr. BYRD of Virginia. Mr. President, following the death of our beloved colleague, Senator EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, Ray Hatley, manager of WRAD, Radford, Va., broadcast a splendid tribute to him. I ask unanimous consent that it be printed in the Record.

[From WRAD news broadcast, Sept. 8, 1969]


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Senator Dirksen—the DJ's friend—has passed away.

Illinois Senator EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKsen—the most colorful person in Congress—died at 4:52 yesterday afternoon in the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. He had undergone surgery on Tuesday for lung cancer. He died of a heart attack.

His death has brought expressions of genuine grief and shock from the Presidential level on down, on both sides of Congress.

After all, everybody liked the wavy haired Senator with the deep voice and rich oratorical style whether they agreed with him or not.

The Disc Jockies of Station WRAD are among those mourning his loss. Senator Dirksen, 73, made two long playing albums for Capital Records, including “Gallant Men,” and “Man Is Not Alone.”

And he was the object of a good natured satire on a 45 rpm. that was played regularly by WRAD in the past year entitled, “Senator Everett McKinley. ..."

WRAD disc jockies Bob Smith, Tom Sawyers, Larry Childress and Al Wayne played the LP's of Senator DIRKSEN regularly on their shows. He will be missed.

Mr. MILLER. Mr. President, like so many of us, Dr. G. S. Bruland, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Hawarden, Iowa, was an admirer of our colleague, the late Senator EVERETT M. DIRKSEN.

After Senator DIRKSEN's death, Dr. Bruland composed a poem for reading during the memorial service for the minority leader at the Hawarden Rotary Club.

I ask unanimous consent that the poem be printed in the Record.


(By Godfrey S. Bruland)

We never know how far a boy

May tread up rapid streams
When he is mastered by the joy

Of early fervid dreams.

But is the lad endowed with health,

And viewing towering sights, And owns the boyhood's priceless wealth

Of will, he'll reach the heights.

There lived a youngster in mid-west,

And Dirksen was his name.
His visions would not give him rest,

But prompted him to’ard fame.

When this bright lad became a man

The world looked up to see The pattern of the Maker's plan,

Which grew in brilliancy.
As he grew wise his hopes soared high;

His will became the force
Which answered his ambition's cry,

And held it to its course.

He plunged into the streams of life

To join great citizens
And mingled in their heat of strife,

A dedicated man.

He fought his battles and he won;

Then left his native state
To take his place in Washington;

His seat among the great.

I treasured his sincerity,

And praise him for his love To’ard aged, and posterity,

His reverence, too, for God.

I cherished his philosophy,

His heart which kept its youth; His genuine sincerity

That made him fight for truth.

Deep in the furrows of his face

Hid springs of mirthful wit,
And when they hurdled into space

His eyes with fun were lit.

In tribute to your life we say;

Move on and never stop, But honor the eternal Day

By climbing up, and up!

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