- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A memorial service is honoring the life of Watergate figure-turned-evangelist Charles Colson.

Colson died April 21 at the age of 80. He was President Richard Nixon’s special counsel and served a prison sentence for a Watergate-related conviction. But he spent the last half of his life as a dedicated Christian evangelical who founded what grew into a large prison ministry.

Wednesday’s memorial service is being held at Washington National Cathedral.

Family members and former Minnesota Gov. Albert Quie are scheduled to speak at the service.

Colson, a former Marine, was buried last month with full military honors at Quantico National Cemetery.

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