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01.02.07

Ford Funeral

Today marks a national day of mourning, as family, friends and leaders gathered for the funeral of Gerald Ford.
   

The ceremony marked one of the last tributes to the nation's 38th president. 

After a 21 gun salute, his casket was carried from the Capitol for a funeral procession to Washington's National Cathedral.

Several thousand showed up to mourn the nation's 38th president and pay their last respects.

Former First Lady, Betty Ford was surrounded by her children. Close by, some of Washington's elite, including George and Barbara Bush, the Clintons, Donald Rumsfeld and Jimmy Carter.

President Bush delivered one of the eulogies. "Gerald Ford assumed the presidency when the nation needed a leader of character and humility and we found it in the man from Grand Rapids.
President Ford's time in office was brief, but history will long remember the courage and common sense that helped restore trust in the workings of democracy."

A president once criticized for a difficult decision, now remembered as a leader who helped heal a nation.

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