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Ex-President Ford’s State Funeral To Begin Friday In California December 27, 2006

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WASHINGTON (AP)–Gerald R. Ford’s state funeral will begin Friday in his beloved California, with the late president then to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol over the weekend, a family representative said Wednesday.

Giving the first details of funeral arrangements for the 38th president, family representative Gregory D. Willard said events will last until Wednesday next week, when Ford will be interred in a hillside tomb near his presidential museum in his home state of Michigan.

Ceremonies begin Friday, with a private prayer service for the family at St. Margaret’s Church in Palm Desert, Calif., visitation by friends and a period of public repose.

On Saturday, Ford’s body will be flown to Washington in late afternoon, his hearse pausing at the World War II memorial in joint tribute to the wartime Navy reserve veteran and his comrades in uniform, Willard said.

The state funeral will be conducted in the Capitol Rotunda that evening and after that, the public will be able to file in to pay last respects. Ford was expected to lie in state until Tuesday morning.

In a departure from tradition meant to highlight Ford’s long service in Congress, his body will lie in repose outside the main door of the House and, later, outside the main doors of the Senate chamber.

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