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Former President Ford's body at U.S. Capitol

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WASHINGTON -  Former President Gerald Ford's body arrived in Washington D.C. Saturday. There he will lie in state inside the Capitol Rotunda. Following a state funeral and a service at the National Cathedral, the ex-President's body will leave Washington on Tuesday for internment in his home state of Michigan.

The hearse bringing the casket of Gerald Ford to the U.S. Capitol building made its scheduled stop at the World War II Memorial in Washington. It was planned as a tribute to Ford's own military service with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and also to America's military men and women.

On its way to Washington from Andrews Air Force Base, the motorcade also went through the streets of Alexandria, Virginia, the suburb where Ford lived for many years as a congressman and as Vice President. People lined the streets as the motorcade passed, many taking pictures with cameras or cell-phones.

The funeral procession for Gerald Ford didn't contain the full trappings of some of the others that have been given former presidents. And that was at the request of Ford's family and Ford himself, who had made his wishes known before he died.

Instead of the horse-drawn caisson that carried the bodies of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, a motorcade was arranged. There was no riderless horse, which is customarily included.

A full-throttle state funeral in Washington normally includes a thundering military fly-over. But that will happen on Wednesday instead, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Ford will be laid to rest on a hillside near his presidential museum.

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