Ford tributes to con­tinue un­til Tues­day

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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.

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