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Ford mourned in U.S. capital after California services

Ford mourned in U.S. capital after California services

Gerald R. Ford returned in death Saturday to the capital he served as president and congressman, his casket received with the muted pageantry he wanted for his farewell.
As night fell, an aircraft from the White House fleet brought the body of the 38th U.S. president to Andrews Air Force Base from services near his adopted California home, where mourners streamed past his casket in quiet remembrance of the even-keeled man summoned to the presidency in a time of national trauma 34 years ago.
The arrival opened the Washington portion of Ford's state funeral, with a route taking his casket from the state of Virginia over the Memorial Bridge, dressed in flags and funeral bunting, to the World War II memorial, past the White House and on to the U.S. Capitol for the first service and a lying in state that continues until Tuesday
The Capitol commemorated a man whose highest ambition, never realized in an era of Democratic control of Congress, was to become the Republican leader of the House of Representatives.