Friday, December 29, 2006
Official events to remember President Gerald Ford are planned in California, Washington D.C. and Michigan. Below is a schedule of upcoming events to honor Ford.
12:20 p.m.: President Ford's casket arrives at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif., for a family prayer service.
1:15 p.m.: Private visitation at St. Margaret's for close friends and guests.
4:20 p.m.: Public repose begins. The church is open until approximately 8:00 a.m. Saturday.
Saturday, Dec. 30 (PST)
9 a.m.: Departure ceremony from St. Margaret's.
9:40 a.m.: Ford's body transported to Palm Springs Regional Airport
10:15 a.m.: Remains flown to Andrews Air Force Base (AFB). (EST)
5:20 p.m.: Arrival ceremony at Andrews AFB.
5:35 p.m.: A motorcade takes Ford's remains to the U.S. Capitol, traveling through Alexandria in remembrance of his residence in the city as a Congressman and Vice President. The motorcade pauses at the World War II Memorial. The tribute is open to the public.
6:20 p.m.: The casket is carried up the east steps of the Capitol to the door of the House of Representatives, to honor Ford's time in Congress.
6:30 p.m.: Rotunda arrival ceremony, open to President Ford's immediate family, members and members-elect of the House and Senate, visiting heads of state and invited government officials.
7 p.m.: State funeral begins in the Rotunda.
7:30/8:20 p.m. to midnight: Ford's body lies in state until Monday night; the rotunda is open to the public. The public waiting area is located at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds, across from the U.S. Botanic Garden.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Ford's body continues to lie in state. Rotunda open to the public.
8:30 a.m.: The casket is moved from the Rotunda to the U.S. Senate door for a period of repose.
9:15 a.m.: Departure ceremony on the east steps of the U.S. Senate followed by procession to Washington National Cathedral.
10 a.m.: Ford's remains arrive at the Cathedral.
10:30 a.m.: Funeral services begin.
11:30 a.m.: Casket leaves the Cathedral for Andrews AFB.
12:15 p.m.: Casket leaves for Grand Rapids, Mich.
2:15 p.m.: Ford's remains arrive in Michigan.
3:30 p.m.: Casket arrives at the presidential museum in Grand Rapids. An arrival ceremony for Mrs. Ford and guests follows. The body will lie in public repose through the night.
1 p.m.: Casket departs the museum with ceremony for trip to Grace Episcopal Church, arriving at 1:30 pm.
2 p.m.: Funeral services at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids.
3 p.m.: Casket leaves for the Ford Presidential Museum.
3:30 p.m.: Casket arrives at the museum, with the private internment service immediately following. The president is interred at a hillside site north of the museum.
Constitution Avenue, between 17th Street and Capitol Hill closed to all traffic Saturday: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jefferson Drive SW between 3rd and 4th Street 5:00 a.m. Saturday to noon Tuesday
Sources: The Associated Press, Military District of Washington, National Park Service