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Live Thread: Funeral of President Gerald Ford (Arrival at the Capitol)
www.freerepublic.com | December 30, 2006

Posted on 12/30/2006 2:14:10 PM PST by Howlin

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1 posted on 12/30/2006 2:14:12 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Thanks Howlin,.....I'm watching...the plane is touching down now.


2 posted on 12/30/2006 2:15:00 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: mystery-ak

God Bless President Ford.


3 posted on 12/30/2006 2:15:29 PM PST by Perdogg (Check out my Christmas Greetings at my Freep homepage)
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To: Howlin

Fox News cut to commercial as his airplane arrived and I had to switch to CNN.

Talk about lack of respect!


4 posted on 12/30/2006 2:15:47 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; ~Vor~; 1Mike; 1stMarylandRegiment; 3catsanadog; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; ...

Ping!!!


5 posted on 12/30/2006 2:15:57 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Prayers for the family during this time of sorrow.


6 posted on 12/30/2006 2:16:27 PM PST by deport
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To: Howlin

5:20 p.m.
Ford's body arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, traveling to the U.S. Capitol. The motorcade will travel through Alexandria, Va., in remembrance of Ford's long residence in that city as a congressman and as vice president. The motorcade also will pause at the World War II Memorial.

6:20 p.m.
The casket will be carried up the east steps of the Capitol to the door of the House of Representatives.

6:30 p.m.
The casket will be received with ceremony at the east steps to the U.S. House of Representatives. The casket will proceed up the steps in honor of Ford's 24 years as a House member. Ford's remains will be met by a group of his former House colleagues. The casket will lie in repose at the open House doors. The casket will then be carried through Statuary Hall to the Rotunda for the Lying in State portion of the state funeral.

After the arrival ceremony, the Rotunda will open to the public until midnight. The public waiting area will be at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds, across from the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Sunday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 1 -- Washington, D.C.

Ford's body continues in state. Rotunda open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 2 -- Washington, D.C., to Grand Rapids, Mich.

9:15 a.m.
Lying in State ends.

9:30 a.m.
The remains will depart the Rotunda and rest at the closed Senate doors in honor of Ford's service as vice president of the United States and president of the Senate. The motorcade will then proceed to the Washington National Cathedral, passing the White House.

10 a.m.
The remains will be received with ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral.

10:30 a.m.
National funeral service begins.

11:30 a.m.
The remains will depart with ceremony from Washington National Cathedral. A motorcade will transport the casket from the cathedral to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a departure ceremony at approximately.

12:15 p.m.
Departure ceremony from Andrews.

2:15 p.m.
Body will arrive at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, Mich. The casket will then be moved by motorcade to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, for a brief private service. During the service, wreaths will be placed at the casket by the presidents of Yale University and the University of Michigan in honor of President Fords law degree and undergraduate degree, from those institutions respectively.

Following the service, Ford's remains will lie in repose beginning at 5 p.m., until 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3. The public is invited to pay respects at the museum during repose.

Wednesday, Jan. 3. -- Grand Rapids, Mich.

1 p.m.
Remains will depart the museum with ceremony and proceed to Grace Episcopal Church, East Grand Rapids, for a private funeral service for invited guests only.

1:30 p.m.
Remains arrive at the church with ceremony. Following the service, the remains will depart the church with ceremony.

3 p.m.
The remains will proceed to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum for a private interment service.

3:30 p.m.
Interment service and burial.


7 posted on 12/30/2006 2:17:36 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Thanks for the heads up.


8 posted on 12/30/2006 2:18:18 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: WestCoastGal

Continued prayers for a really good man and those who loved him.


9 posted on 12/30/2006 2:20:52 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks (I)
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To: deport; MEG33

I guess there aren't too many people around to watch this afternoon.

Ford is only the 11th president to lie in the Rotundra.


10 posted on 12/30/2006 2:22:01 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Thank you for the ping Howlin.

Rest in Peace Mr. President.

11 posted on 12/30/2006 2:22:09 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (Where did I park my car????? Oh no!)
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To: Howlin

Joint Chiefs will escort the body....


12 posted on 12/30/2006 2:22:19 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: Howlin

Thanks for the ping. I think Mrs. Ford looks very frail.


13 posted on 12/30/2006 2:22:22 PM PST by Bahbah (.Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: Howlin


I'm watching and thanks for the ping and for the thread.


14 posted on 12/30/2006 2:22:30 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Howlin

Just put on the TV .. the family is walking out of the plane


15 posted on 12/30/2006 2:22:49 PM PST by Mo1
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To: Bahbah

She really does, doesn't she?


16 posted on 12/30/2006 2:23:09 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Mo1

I hope the people in D.C. turn out to honor this man.

44 black sedans.


17 posted on 12/30/2006 2:23:34 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

motorcade has 24 black sedans...


18 posted on 12/30/2006 2:23:36 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: Howlin

Broadcast live on 'Net (CSPAN):

http://www.c-span.org/watch/cspan_wm.asp?Cat=TV&Code=CS


19 posted on 12/30/2006 2:23:36 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: mystery-ak

44 not 24


20 posted on 12/30/2006 2:23:56 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: Howlin

so do I....Jim Angle said he saw people lining up earlier.


21 posted on 12/30/2006 2:24:55 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: Mo1

Here is the schedule from the Joint Forces Headquarters:

http://presidentfordfuneral.com/


22 posted on 12/30/2006 2:25:58 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

A friend of mine was in DC yesterday .. she mentioned there were a lot of people in town ... she also mentioned they (military & police) were practicing the funeral route .. big time security going on too


23 posted on 12/30/2006 2:26:16 PM PST by Mo1
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Thanks, Lib.

It looks really dark there already.


24 posted on 12/30/2006 2:26:29 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Thank you, Howlin. Seeing Betty earlier today just made my heart ache.
25 posted on 12/30/2006 2:26:36 PM PST by Dolphy
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To: Howlin

BTTT

He was an honorable and a decent man. May he RIP.


26 posted on 12/30/2006 2:27:22 PM PST by indcons (The Koran - the world's first WMD.)
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To: Howlin

Lord keep you President Ford.


27 posted on 12/30/2006 2:27:39 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Howlin

What a contrast between the quiet, dignified, Christian ceremony to honor a former President of the Greatest Nation on the Earth, and the horrible spectacle surrounding the death of the Middle Eastern tyrant.


28 posted on 12/30/2006 2:27:48 PM PST by nwrep
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To: Snickering Hound

"I had to switch to CNN"

Yet the commentators at CNN can't help themselves from taking jabs at Rumsfeld and Chenney.

And my cable company took FNC out of its lineup so I don't have an alternative.

Except for the internet and Free Republic, of course.

Thank you for your service, President Ford.


29 posted on 12/30/2006 2:28:02 PM PST by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: Howlin
Thanks for the time info, looks like decent weather in Michigan for January 3 interment and service.

and he is only the 11th to lie in state in the rotunda? seems low number-wise, but I guess some lay elsewhere.

30 posted on 12/30/2006 2:28:11 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: Mo1

Funeral plans for President Ford.
All times are local:

Saturday, Dec. 30 -- Palm Desert, Calif., to Washington, D.C.

9:45 a.m. Departure ceremony from St. Margaret's.

10:15 a.m. The remains will depart Palm Springs Regional Airport and be flown to Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

5:20 p.m. Ford's body arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, traveling to the U.S. Capitol. The motorcade will travel through Alexandria, Va., in remembrance of Ford's long residence in that city as a congressman and as vice president. The motorcade also will pause at the World War II Memorial.

6:20 p.m. The casket will be carried up the east steps of the Capitol to the door of the House of Representatives.

6:30 p.m. The casket will be received with ceremony at the east steps to the U.S. House of Representatives. The casket will proceed up the steps in honor of Ford's 24 years as a House member. Ford's remains will be met by a group of his former House colleagues. The casket will lie in repose at the open House doors. The casket will then be carried through Statuary Hall to the Rotunda for the Lying in State portion of the state funeral.

After the arrival ceremony, the Rotunda will open to the public until midnight. The public waiting area will be at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds, across from the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Sunday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 1 -- Washington, D.C.

Ford's body continues in state. Rotunda open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
23 posted on 12/30/2006 11:59:34 AM EST by lunarbicep


31 posted on 12/30/2006 2:28:58 PM PST by Mo1
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To: nwrep

I am sure you agree with me that this is much more honorable. :-)


32 posted on 12/30/2006 2:30:15 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Ford is only the 11th president to lie in the Rotundra.



2nd President in the President Bush presidency......


33 posted on 12/30/2006 2:30:42 PM PST by deport
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To: Dolphy
The setting is perfect for a solemn funeral -- nightfall.
34 posted on 12/30/2006 2:30:50 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Howlin

for those wishing to visit the Capitol,, some info from the Office of the Architect of the Capitol. (ccool title!)

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AOC Prepares Capitol for Ford Lying in State

http://www.aoc.gov/projects/ford_lie_state_prep.cfm

The Office of the Architect of the Capitol, under the direction of Alan M. Hantman, FAIA, is preparing the U.S. Capitol Building and grounds and coordinating efforts with congressional leadership for the events surrounding the lying in state for President Gerald R. Ford.

The U.S. Capitol building will be closed to all public and staff-led tours from noon on Thursday, December 28, 2006, through Tuesday, January 2, 2007, and will reopen for tours on January 3.

The following is information on the hours the Capitol will be open for the lying in state ceremonies for President Ford, a list of items that can not be brought into the Capitol, and details about street closures over the weekend.

The viewing in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda will be open to the public from 8 p.m. until midnight on Saturday, December 30, 2006, and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 and Monday, January 1, 2007.

The public may line up at any time. The designated waiting area will be at 3rd and Maryland Avenue, S.W., for all visitors, including those with special needs. Anyone wishing to attend the services should be prepared to deal with forecasted weather conditions.

The use of public transportation is strongly recommended to minimize the congestion of traffic around the Capitol. Public parking is not available on Capitol Grounds. The closest metro stops are Capitol South, Federal Center, S.W., and Union Station.

The United States Capitol Police urges everyone to bring as few items as possible in order to expedite security screening.

Prohibited items include

Any bag larger than 14" x 13" x 4"
Any audio and/or video recording devices
Guns, knives, stun guns, ammunition, razors, box cutters, or other weapons
Mace, pepper spray, or any aerosol sprays
Cans and bottles
Food or beverages

In order to be respectful while viewing our former President, protocol requires that cell phones and pagers must be turned off while in the Capitol. There will be no photography or electronic recording while in the Rotunda.

There will be street closures around the Capitol. On Friday, December 29, Maryland Avenue, S.W. between First Street and Third Street, S.W., and First Street between Independence Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, S.W. will be closed from 7 a.m. through the conclusion of events on Capitol Grounds.

Beginning December 30, Constitution Ave. and Independence Avenue on Capitol Grounds will be closed from 5 p.m. through the conclusion of events on Capitol Grounds. There may be additional street closures around the Capitol as it becomes necessary; other law enforcement agencies will close streets outside of Capitol Grounds at various times. For routine business, alternate access points for the House and Senate Office Buildings on Capitol Grounds will be available.

For additional recorded information, you may call the U.S. Capitol Visitor Information Line at (202) 225-6827.

The catafalque, a simple bier of rough pine boards and covered with black cloth, is being/has been prepared and moved to the Rotunda to support the casket while the former president’s body lies in state in the Capitol.

The catafalque was hastily constructed in 1865 to support the casket of Abraham Lincoln. The catafalque has been used for all those who have lain in state in the Capitol Rotunda since that time. No law, written rule, or regulation specifies who may lie in state; use of the Rotunda is controlled by concurrent action of the House and Senate. Any person who has rendered distinguished service to the nation may lie in state if the family so wishes and Congress approves. In the case of unknown soldiers, the president or the appropriate branch of the armed forces initiates the action. A list of those who have lain in state or in honor in the Capitol Rotunda is available.



35 posted on 12/30/2006 2:31:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: deport

Oh, I hadn't thought of that.

I was there for Reagan's funeral.

Looking at the darkness, I cannot help but think of the night they brought JFK back.


36 posted on 12/30/2006 2:31:46 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Thanks, Howlin! I'm a little weepy.


37 posted on 12/30/2006 2:32:10 PM PST by Concerto in D
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Thanks to all who are giving updates. My DirectTV has been acting screwy all day.


38 posted on 12/30/2006 2:32:57 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: Concerto in D

It's mournfully quiet, isn't it?


39 posted on 12/30/2006 2:32:59 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Ssshhh! You are showing your age! ;o)


40 posted on 12/30/2006 2:33:04 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (Where did I park my car????? Oh no!)
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To: onyx

Yes it is perfect.


41 posted on 12/30/2006 2:33:07 PM PST by Dolphy
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To: Howlin

Thanks for the "ping"...am watching now.

Sometimes, we, as a nation, just get it right.


42 posted on 12/30/2006 2:33:09 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Earthdweller
My most vivid memory of Gerald Ford was his response, when just after his inauguration the Cambodian Navy attacked and took control of an American ship in International waters.

No matter what the MSM naysayers and those that were not there say, He did Good!

Gerald may you rest in peace and know that we loved you!

43 posted on 12/30/2006 2:33:10 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Thank you for the link!


44 posted on 12/30/2006 2:33:33 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: mystery-ak

I love the dignity and formality I'm seeing.


45 posted on 12/30/2006 2:33:36 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: rocksblues

46 posted on 12/30/2006 2:34:21 PM PST by Howlin
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To: rocksblues

The honor guard appears ready to receive his casket.


47 posted on 12/30/2006 2:34:33 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: Howlin

Thanks. Have been watching since the plane landed.


48 posted on 12/30/2006 2:34:47 PM PST by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: Howlin

Yep


49 posted on 12/30/2006 2:34:47 PM PST by Mo1
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To: onyx

May God receive President Ford in his loving arms and may He comfort President Ford's wife,Betty, and the family.


50 posted on 12/30/2006 2:34:52 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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