Cronkite Funeral to be Held Thursday in Manhattan

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Funeral services for iconic newsman Walter Cronkite will be held Thursday at St. Bartholemew's Church in Manhattan. The Cronkites attended the Park Avenue church for many years.

Cronkite passed away on Friday at the age of 92. He will be cremated and buried next to his wife at the Cronkite family plot located at a cemetery in Kansas City, MO.

He took over the anchor desk at CBN News in 1962. He covered some of our nation's most turbulent events, including the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and man's first landing on the moon.

World-renowned evangelist Billy Graham said he considered Cronkite a friend.

In a statement released over the weekend Graham said, "Walter Cronkite was one of the closest friends I had in journalism. I respected his views on so many subjects."

Cronkite began attending church after attending Boy Scout meetings at a local Episcopal church. He said a scoutmaster who also served as a minister at the church shared his faith with him.  This lead Cronkite to make his decision to join the church.

A memorial is to be held within the next month in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

"It will be a fitting tribute to Mr. Cronkite and the life he lived, the people he knew, the people who loved him and the people he admired," said Marlene Adler, who headed Cronkite's staff for the past 20 years.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization that works to safeguard press freedoms worldwide, will post remembrances of Cronkite, an honorary co-chairman, on its blog.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Walter and Betsy Cronkite Foundation through the AustinCommunityFoundation.org, which will distribute contributions to various charities the couple supported.

 

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