December 27, 2006
Wednesday evening funeral plans were announced for former President Gerald Ford.
The state funeral will begin Friday in Palm Desert, California. There will be a private prayer service and his body will lie in public repose.
On Saturday, Ford's body will be moved to the U.S. Capitol. A state funeral will be held there at 7pm. Then, his body will lie in state until January 2nd.
Next Tuesday a service for Ford will be held at National Cathedral. Then his body will be moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to the Ford Museum.
On Wednesday there will be a funeral and interment service at the museum. The complete schedule can be found below.
The 38th and only unelected president in American history died on Tuesday. He was 93.
Ford became Vice President when Spiro Agnew stepped down in the midst of controversy. He then became president in 1974 after Richard Nixon resigned in the midst of the Watergate scandal. He may be best remembered for his statement shortly after taking the oath of office, "Our long national nightmare is over." His approval rating fell after pardoning Nixon. He was defeated by Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.
Ford spoke at Monticello for a naturalization ceremony on July 5, 1976. The University of Virginia's Miller Center has a collection of Ford's speeches.
Friday, Dec. 29
- 12:20 p.m., President Ford's casket arrives at St. Margaret's
Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif. Mrs. Ford and the family
will have a private prayer service.
- 1:15 p.m., close friends and guests will arrive at St.
Margaret's for private visitation. The Ford family will return to
- 4:20 p.m., public repose begins at St. Margaret's. The church
will remain open until 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. on Saturday.
Saturday, Dec. 30
- 9 a.m., departure ceremony from St. Margaret's.
- 9:40 a.m., Ford's body leaves St. Margaret's for Washington,
- 5:20 p.m., Ford's body arrives at Andrews Air Force Base,
traveling to the U.S. Capitol. The motorcade 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.
- 7 p.m., state funeral begins in the Capitol Rotunda.
- 8:20 p.m., Ford's body lies in state.
Sunday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 1
- Ford's body continues in state.
Tuesday, Jan. 2
- 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.
- 10 a.m., Ford's casket arrives at Washington National
- 10:30 a.m., funeral services will begin.
- 12:15 p.m., casket will leave the cathedral for trip to Grand
- 2:15 p.m., body will arrive in Michigan.
- 3:30 p.m., casket will arrive at the presidential museum in
Grand Rapids. An arrival ceremony for Mrs. Ford and guests will
follow. The body will lie in public repose through the night.
Wednesday, Jan. 3
- 2 p.m., funeral services at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand
Rapids. The president will be interred at a hillside site north of
Thursday, Jan. 4
- 1 p.m., Mrs. Ford and the family will return to California.