10/29/2014 11:33 am ET Updated Oct 29, 2014

Thousands Gather To Honor Ben Bradlee, Legendary Washington Post Editor

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Thousands of journalists, colleagues and friends gathered Wednesday morning at the Washington National Cathedral to say their goodbyes to Ben Bradlee, the legendary Washington Post editor who died last week at the age of 93.

Bradlee famously helmed the Post during its coverage of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, which toppled the presidency of Richard M. Nixon and earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize.

Journalists in attendance posted snapshots of the ceremony on Twitter:

The Washington Post announced Tuesday that it would continue to honor Bradlee's memory with the Ben Bradlee Award for Courage in Journalism beginning in 2015.

"Ben knew that getting at the truth required persistence and fearlessness among the journalists who work here," the announcement read. "He championed those qualities, and his fervor continues to inspire us."



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