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President Biden arrives in Las Vegas for Reid memorial service

Updated January 7, 2022 - 8:10 pm

President Joe Biden arrived Friday night in Las Vegas for former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s memorial service.

Air Force One touched down at Harry Reid International Airport about 7:30 p.m. On the tarmac, Biden met with Gov. Steve Sisolak, U.S. Reps Dina Titus, Steven Horsford and Susie Lee, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

The motorcade departed the airport at 7:45 p.m.

The memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday morning at The Smith Center. Reid died Dec. 28 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Locals can expect major road closures and traffic delays as the evening continues, plan accordingly.

Saturday’s expected road closures will be the I-15 from Spring Mountain Road to the Spaghetti Bowl between 9 and 11 a.m. In addition to those, roads on I-15 from the Spaghetti Bowl to the 215 Beltway, the 215 Beltway to the airport connector and Russell Road near the airport will also be closed from noon to 3 p.m.

Among those attending the memorial service are familiar friends and former colleagues of Reid’s, as follows: Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York as well as former President Barack Obama. Obama will be delivering the eulogy at the service with Pelosi and Schumer speaking as well.

As a special farewell to Reid, the event will feature performances by Brandon Flowers of The Killers — a Reid favorite — and singer-songwriter Carole King.

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