In a heartwarming and poignant ceremony, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter was honored today in a special service attended by her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter attends a tribute service for his wife former first lady Rosalynn Carter, at Glenn Memorial Church in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 28, 2023. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
The event, attended by family, friends, and distinguished guests, celebrated Rosalynn Carter’s decades of dedicated service to the nation and her tireless advocacy for mental health, caregiving, and humanitarian causes.
The service began with a warm welcome from the current CEO of the Carter Center, reflecting on Mrs. Carter’s lasting impact on the organization and her enduring commitment to making the world a better place. The ceremony featured heartfelt speeches, including remarks from close friends, colleagues, and those whose lives have been touched by Mrs. Carter’s compassion and advocacy.
A military honor guard carries the casket of former first lady Rosalynn Carter from the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum en route to a memorial service at Emory University’s Glenn Memorial Church, in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 28, 2023. ERIC S. LESSER/POOL VIA REUTERS
Former President Jimmy Carter, her partner in both public service and life, delivered a moving tribute to his wife, expressing gratitude for her unwavering support throughout their shared journey. He highlighted her role as a compassionate advocate for mental health and her instrumental work in establishing the Carter Center, an institution dedicated to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering.
“Rosalynn has been my partner in everything for more than seven decades, and today, we gather not just to honor her accomplishments but to celebrate a life lived with purpose and passion,” said President Carter during his speech.
The event featured musical performances and video tributes showcasing Rosalynn Carter’s remarkable achievements and contributions to society. Attendees included prominent figures from the political, humanitarian, and mental health communities, reflecting the wide-reaching impact of Mrs. Carter’s work.
In recognition of her significant contributions, the Carter Center announced the establishment of the “Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.” This fellowship aims to support journalists in providing accurate and compassionate coverage of mental health issues, a cause close to Mrs. Carter’s heart.
Reflecting on the occasion, attendees expressed their admiration for Rosalynn Carter’s legacy and the enduring partnership she and President Carter have forged in their shared commitment to public service.
The service concluded with a reception, allowing guests to share personal anecdotes and express their gratitude to Mrs. Carter for her selfless dedication to improving the lives of others.
As Rosalynn Carter continues to inspire generations with her advocacy and service, this special ceremony stands as a testament to the enduring impact of a life devoted to making a positive difference in the world.