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Ford's Funeral Arrangements Announced

Flags at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., fly at half staff in honor of former President Gerald Ford, Dec. 27, 2006. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ceremonies for President Gerald R. Ford will begin Friday at St. Margaret's Church in Palm Desert, Calif., which Ford and his wife, Betty, frequently attended. A family prayer service will be followed with visitation by friends and a period of public repose.

Ford's body will be flown to Washington, D.C., late Saturday afternoon. His hearse will pause at the World War II memorial in a joint tribute to the wartime Navy reserve veteran and his comrades in uniform.

The state funeral will be conducted in the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday evening. The public will be able to file in to pay last respects after the state funeral. Ford will lie in state in a closed casket until Tuesday morning.

And in a departure from tradition meant to highlight his long congressional service, Ford's remains will also lie in repose outside the doors of both the House and the Senate for short periods.

"I know personally how much those two tributes themselves meant to President Ford," said family representative Gregory D. Willard, who detailed arrangements in a news conference in Palm Desert, Calif.

On Tuesday, there will be a funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Ford will then be interred on a hillside near his Grand Rapids, Mich., presidential museum.

Associated Press