The Topeka High School Marine Corp Junior ROTC color guard helped begin a ceremony to honor former Kansas Senator Bob Dole today. Several hundred people, including Kansas Senator Pat Roberts and Governor Brownback, gathered to welcome Dole and his wife Elizabeth back to Topeka and to witness the unveiling of a bronze plaque on the sidewalk honoring the native of Russell, Kansas. The plaque was in the shape of Kansas. Dole, who is 88 years old, is the first Kansan to be honored on the Kansas Walk of Fame. Kansas Historical Society Executive Director Jeannie Chinn said the plan is to add up to three plaques each year to the walk.
Dole served in the Kansas Statehouse in the 1950’s before heading to Washington. He served 35 years in the United States Senate. He ran for President in 1996. Dole is still very active telling the crowd he was going to visit Elkhart, Kansas, and Russell once he left Topeka.