Rotunda to Close Temporarily; Public May View Service at Forum Auditorium or on Pennsylvania Cable Network
HARRISBURG – Gov. Edward G. Rendell has announced plans for a memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda at noon on Friday, Nov. 21, to honor Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, who died Nov. 12.
The service will include tributes from public officials and performances by the Keystone Christian Education Association All-State Choir, which is made up of 150 students from across the state. An Honor Guard including representatives of the Pennsylvania State Police, State Capitol Police and members of the Pennsylvania National Guard will serve as pallbearers. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Harrisburg, will participate.
For reasons of security and crowd control, the Capitol Rotunda will temporarily close to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. During this period, visitors to the Capitol should use the East Wing entrance on Commonwealth Avenue. The Rotunda will reopen at 2 p.m. to allow the public to pay final respects to the Lt. Governor, who will lie in repose until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The public may view the memorial service via closed-circuit video at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg. Accommodations are available in the Forum Auditorium for persons with disabilities.
The service also will be carried live by the Pennsylvania Cable Network, which is distributed on more than 150 cable systems serving more than 3.3 million homes. A complete listing of PCN affiliates and network channel designations is available online.
Media representatives may receive a pool feed of the service in the Media Center in the East Wing, which will open at 10 a.m.
On Sunday, Nov. 23, the Lt. Governor will lie in repose from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Saint Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh. The public is welcome to participate in a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated by Bishop David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh, at Saint Paul Cathedral at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 25. Interment will be private.