The six days of funeral ceremonies for Ford commenced at his local parish, St Margaret's Episcopal church in Palm Desert, Cal. All three networks dispatched correspondents. "What a simple affair it was, for a man who did not stand on ceremony," ABC's Brian Rooney remarked. It was attended by "only family, for a private prayer service." The coffin will be available for viewing overnight. NBC's George Lewis expected thousands to attend.
CBS' Bill Whitaker looked forward to the Washington ceremonies. He repeated the anecdote that Ford and his successor Jimmy Carter joked that the survivor would speak at the other's funeral: "Carter will." The former Wolverine center preferred the Michigan football fight song to Hail to the Chief, Whitaker added. "The military band is to play a somber version."
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