Sargent Shriver remembered

FRESNO, Calif.

Top politicians and stars like Oprah Winfrey and Bono attended Shriver's funeral, where he was honored for his passion for helping others.

It was a standing-room only crowd at our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, Maryland Saturday. A crowd full of famous faces came out to say farewell to Sargent Shriver, humanitarian as well as the 1972 Democratic vice-presidential candidate.

He was also the father of former California First Lady Maria Shriver, the wife of Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The 95-year-old Shriver died on Tuesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Former President Clinton, who sat with First Lady Michelle Obama and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said the condition could not slow Shriver down. "If ever anyone could give dignity and knowledge to this disease he could because he knew that what matters is the moment and eternity."

Shriver was founding director of the Peace Corps in 1961. He also headed up the Special Olympics, founded by his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who died in 2009.

Shriver's grandchildren helped eulogize him. "Even though you have gone to live with grandma - peace will still fill the room at the mention of your name - happiness will still rise as you are carried in."

Shriver's casket was carried out with Stevie Wonder helping out on a song with the words "Forever Young" in the chorus, an attitude that seems to embody how Shriver approached life.

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