Both President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Clarksburg for the Robert Byrd memorial service Friday, the White House announced last night.
Politico has the details on the Robert Byrd memorials Thursday and Friday:
The Senate ceremony is the first staging area for a four-day funeral effort that will take Byrd’s body from the hallowed Senate chamber, to his home state of West Virginia for a memorial at a courthouse that bears his name, back to Andrews Air Force base in an airplane and finally to a resting ground in a private Arlington cemetery next to his wife of 69 years, Erma, who died in 2006.
. . . The hearse carrying the Democrat’s body is expected to arrive at the Senate steps just after 9:30 a.m [Thursday], according to a statement from Byrd’s office.
Flanked by an Honor Guard, the West Virginia Senator’s casket will be carried up the Senate steps into the U.S. Senate Chamber, where the casket will be place on the Lincoln Catafalque.
Family members of the 92-year-old legend will receive the respects of members beginning around 10 a.m., and the chamber galleries will be open to members of the public.
Senate Chaplain Barry Black is expected to offer a prayer at 10:30 a.m., after which the casket will remain on the floor until 4 p.m., when a waiting hearse transports him to Andrews Air Force Base.
After a nearly two-hour plane ride to Yeager Airport in Charlestown, West Va., Byrd’s casket will be taken to the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse for a public procession, which will end at the West Virginia State Capitol.
His body will lie in the Rotunda of the State Capitol for a public viewing Thursday night until 9 the next morning.
A memorial service and celebration of life in honor of Byrd will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the West Virginia State Capitol, after which his casket will be flown back to Andrews Air Force Base.
Byrd is expected to be buried at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Va., a 38-acre expanse of rolling hills and rose gardens, a funeral home source said. It is one of the few cemeteries in the northern Virginia area that offers the option of an upright monument, which can be created by the cemetery’s monument company.
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