Gerald R. Ford, 1913-2006

U.S. Capitol Rotunda Ceremony

The Associated Press
Saturday, December 30, 2006; 7:53 PM

Ceremony preceding the lying in state of President Ford in the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday:

-Prelude music by the U.S. Army Brass Quintet.

-Invocation by Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin, House chaplain.

-Interlude music by the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters Chorus: "God Bless America" and the Navy hymn "Eternal Father Strong to Save."

-Remarks by Senate President Pro Tempore Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Vice President Dick Cheney.

-Presentation of wreaths by Stevens, Hastert and Cheney.

-Benediction by retired Rear Adm. Barry C. Black, Senate chaplain.

-Doors opened to the public.

The greeters and pallbearers for President Ford's casket at the Capitol:


Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.

Former Rep. William Broomfield, R-Mich.

Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel, R-Ill.

Former Sen. Bill Brock, R-Tenn.

Former House Speaker Tom Foley, D-Wash.

Former Rep. Guy Vander Jagt, R-Mich.

Former Rep. Bill Frenzel, R-Minn.


Vice President Dick Cheney

Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III

Former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft

Richard Ford, the former president half brother

Sandy Weill, chairman emeritus of Citigroup, where Ford served as honorary director

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