President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will attend Sen. Robert Byrd's memorial service in Charleston, West Virginia, on Friday, the White House stated in a press release Tuesday.
Byrd, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress, died Monday at 92 years old. Byrd served for six years in the House before moving to the Senate, where he served nine terms.
Biden shared the Senate floor with Byrd for 36 years as a senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.
At an event on Monday, Biden said Byrd was "a very close friend of mine, one of my mentors -- a guy who was there when I was a 29-year-old kid being sworn into the United States Senate. Shortly thereafter -- [he was] a guy who stood in the rain, in a pouring rain, freezing rain outside a church as I buried my daughter and my wife before I got sworn in."