President Ford Returns Home to Michigan for Final Rest

JANUARY 2, 2007 - Posted at 4:05 p.m. CST

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Canons lined up on a runway gave a 21-gun salute to Gerald Ford, as the former president's coffin arrived at the airport named for him.

After today's funeral in Washington, Ford's remains have been moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Military pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket to a hearse.

Later today, the public will be allowed to file past the coffin at Ford's presidential museum.  Tomorrow, there will be a funeral service at a church near where the Ford family lived when he served in Congress.

Although born in Nebraska, Ford adopted Grand Rapids as his hometown and represented it in the House for a quarter-century.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

JANUARY 2, 2007 - Posted at 12:48 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The mourning for Gerald Ford moves now to Grand Rapids, Michigan, as his casket is taken to his presidential museum following a Washington funeral.

Speakers at the National Cathedral praised Ford's role in healing the nation as he took office in the midst of Watergate. President Bush says Ford's integrity and stability helped the nation get through.

Ford was also remembered for his other influences on history. Henry Kissinger, who served as his secretary of state, says few will dispute that the Cold War could not have been won without Ford.

And Bush says that while Ford's time in office was brief, history will long remember his contributions.

Ford's reputation for decency was another theme. Kissinger recalled he was ``not consumed by driving ambition.''

In his homily, the Reverend Robert Certain called Ford a humble and meek man who ``worked all his life for justice and peace on earth.''

JANUARY 2, 2007 - Posted at 7:10 a.m. CST, updated at 9:04 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush eulogizes Gerald Ford today.

Funeral services will be held at Washington's National Cathedral, where a bell will toll 38 times for the 38th president.  Ford will be buried at his presidential museum in Michigan.

Bush and his wife joined thousands of mourners yesterday paying respects to the late president.  Bush said nothing during the one-minute visit to the Capitol dome, where three days of public viewing drew to a close.

Ford's widow, Betty, sat in the Rotunda for about 20 minutes with her family.  Betty Ford was helped by one of her sons when she walked to the casket, touching it one last time.

Meanwhile, K8 News has learned that a soldier from Arkansas will help carry the casket holding the remains of President Ford.  Army Sergeant Jeremy McHughes, along with members of the Navy, Marines and Air Force, carried the coffin into the National Cathedral for this morning's service.  McHughes has more than four years of experience serving as part of a military honor guard.  McHughes is giving commands to the casket team.

Ford died the day after Christmas at age 93.

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