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President Ballard, Brandon Flowers to pay tribute at Harry Reid memorial service

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hugs singer Brandon Flowers of The Killers after the band’s performance on July 8, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Latter-day Saint senator Harry Reid’s memorial service will feature former US president Barack Obama delivering the eulogy, with current president Joe Biden in attendance. The service will also feature Latter-day Saints including President M. Russell Ballard, who will give an address, and one of Reid’s favorite musical artists—Brandon Flowers, front man of the rock band the Killers. Also performing will be another of Reid’s favorite musicians, Carole King.

“We are honored to have such a distinguished group paying tribute to Harry’s life and accomplishments,” said Reid’s wife, Landra Reid, as reported in the Nevada Independent. “We’re touched to have two of Harry’s favorite artists joining us as well. Our family is eternally grateful for Brandon and everything he’s done for Harry and us over the years.”

Reid, who served as senate majority leader from 2007 to 2015, passed away last week at age 82 following an extended battle with pancreatic cancer. Since 1986 he served as senator from Nevada, the state where the Killers originated.

In 2009, the Killers visited Reid’s office in Washington, DC, and gave an impromptu performance. At Reid’s request, Flowers sang the Nevada state song, “Home Means Nevada,” a cappella, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

During his political career, Reid told the Salt Lake Tribune, he always kept a copy of the Book of Mormon in his Senate office and even offered one to Republican Senator Larry Pressler.

Reid’s funeral will be held Saturday morning at The Smith Center in Las Vegas.

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