Among those who will pay tribute to Albright is Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman, who has been a friend of Albright for more than 35 years. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was a student at the University of Denver, and Albright’s father, Joseph Korbel. and Albright’s three daughters.
Albright passed away on March 23. Her family said the cause was cancer.
The music at Wednesday mass will include pieces by Czech composers as a nod to Albright’s roots: Albright was born in 1937 in what was then Czechoslovakia. Her Jewish family fled Prague to escape the Nazis, and Albright later came to the United States as a political refugee at the age of eleven. Other music tracks will include a hymn written by a professor from Albright University, Wellesley College. Trumpeter Chris Botti and pianist Herbie Hancock will perform.
The conference will be attended by foreign leaders, including Salome Zurabishvili, President of Georgia. Vjusa Osmani Sadriu, President of Kosovo. Becera Turkovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia. Milos Vestrel, President of the Czech Senate; Jan Lebavsky, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Albright’s pallbearers will be former members of her protective guard and diplomatic security service when she served as US ambassador to the United Nations.
Other notables who will be in attendance include Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, former Vice President Al Gore, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat of California) and minority in the Senate. Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), along with a large bipartisan group of congressmen.
In a speech on Tuesday, Pelosi remembered Albright as a dear personal friend as well as a stateswoman.
“She was a national security hero in our country,” Pelosi said. She was the embodiment of the American dream, her family came when she was eleven, she was a refugee to our shores. Her personal story is making novels, movies, etc. But it was fresh and delicious — and she really had a sense of humor which was great.”
Vice President Harris was scheduled to attend as well, but she He tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday and is isolated at home.
Matt Phaser contributed to this report.