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Funeral plans set for Ford, organizers say

Funeral plans set for Ford, organizers say

A week of public tributes to former President Gerald Ford will stretch from the California desert to the nation's capital and back to his boyhood home of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for burial, organizers said on Wednesday.
A private funeral service for family and close friends of the 38th U.S. president is scheduled for this afternoon at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California, which Ford and his wife, Betty, attended for the past three decades.
Ford's body will then lie in repose at the church until tomorrow, when his remains will be flown to Washington, D.C., for a series of tributes, including a funeral that evening at the U.S. Capitol.
As the president who served the longest - 24 years - in the U.S. House of Representatives during his time in public office, Ford will receive a special tribute in which his body will lie in state at the U.S. House.
Next Wednesday, his body will be flown to Grand Rapids for burial in a hillside tomb overlooking the Ford presidential library and museum.
Funeral plans for Ford, who died on Tuesday at age 93, were outlined by his longtime aide and family friend Gregory Willard at a news conference in Palm Desert, near Ford's main retirement home in Rancho Mirage, California.


Updated : 2021-02-28 09:24 GMT+08:00