Ford tributes to continue until Tuesday
A WEEK of public tributes to former US 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, organisers said yesterday.
A private funeral service for family and close friends of the 38th US president is scheduled for this afternoon at a church in Palm Desert that Ford attended with his wife Betty.
Ford’s body will lie in repose at the church until tomorrow, when it will be flown to Washington, DC.
Ford’s casket will then be taken to the World War II memorial for a brief tribute, then on to the US Capitol for a ceremony saluting his 24 years as a member of the House of Representatives.
Ford’s casket will be met by a group of his former House colleagues and will then lie in repose at the open doors to the House chamber, honouring his time in Congress.
The casket will lie in state until Tuesday.
That morning, the remains will be taken to the Washington National Cathedral for a funeral service.
Ford’s body will be flown then to Grand Rapids, where it will be interred overlooking the Ford library.