Saying Farewell to Senator Byrd

July 6, 2010

Family, friends and employees are saying farewell to Sen. Robert C. Byrd at his funeral.

His casket was carried into Memorial Baptist Church early Tuesday by a military honor guard, and a line formed for the late morning service in this Washington-area suburb.

Byrd is to be buried later in the day at an Arlington cemetery, next to his late wife Erma.

Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat who served half a century in the U.S. Senate, died June 28 at the age of 92 at a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.

His body lay in repose on the Senate floor in Washington last week. Thousands in West Virginia also paid their respects at a public viewing in Charleston, where President Barack Obama attended a memorial service.

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