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Sen. Byrd leaves Senate in Funeral Casket For Last Time|YourFuneralGuy

1 Jul

Senator Robert Byrd has left the United States Senate for the last Time In His Funeral Casket. The senator “Lied in th Repose” in the Capitol Building today in the United States Senate. A United States Senator Lying in repose has not happened in over 50 years.

“The longest-serving member of Congress, Robert Byrd, who died at the age of 92 early Monday morning, lay in repose in the Senate chamber for several hours today. The last time a Senator was granted this honor took place in 1959, the year Byrd joined the Senate. Byrd served in Congress for 57 years and was the Senator from West Virginia for 51 years.

His body is being flown to West Virginia where there will be a receiving ceremony and public viewing starting tonight and a memorial service tomorrow including remarks by Pres. Obama and Vice President Biden.”via

Senator Byrd died early Monday Morning. His Funeral will be next Tuesday, July 6th 2010 in Arlington VA

It’s Official President Obama will speak at Senator Byrd’s  Memorial Funeral Service  Friday Morning.

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Family Requests No Coverage of Senator Byrd Visitation US Senate|YourFuneralGuy

1 Jul

The Family of Senator Robert Byrd has requested that no there be no camera,video coverage of his “closed casket”  Visitation in the US Senate Chamber today, July1st 2010.

Senator Robert Byrd  Died Early Monday Morning at age 92. One of his wishes was that was upon his death  that he would lie in State on the Senate.

The longest-serving member of Congress, Robert Byrd, who died at the age of 92 early Monday morning, will lie in repose in the Senate chamber today. The last time a Senator was granted this honor took place in 1959, the year Byrd joined the Senate. Byrd served in Congress for 57 years and was the Senator from West Virginia for 51 years.

Byrd’s casket will be placed on the Lincoln Catafalque, a wooden platform that originally supported President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, and has supported Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan and others.

Due to the wishes of the family, there will be no coverage of his casket in the Senate chamber.


President Obama and vice President Obama are due to attend the Robert Byrd  memorial service on Friday Morning.

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White House: Obama| Biden to Attend Senator Robert Byrd Memorial Service |yourfuneralguy

29 Jun

The White House has Issued a Press Release stating that President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden will be attending the Memorial  Funeral Service for  Senator Robert Byrd in  Charleston, West Virginia on the morning of July 2nd 2010.

Just as predicted here the announcement came soon after Official Funeral Arrangements were made. The Memorial service is also being billed as a Celebration Of Life.

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2010

President Obama, Vice President Biden to Attend the Memorial Service for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd

WASHINGTON- On the morning of Friday, July 2, President Obama and Vice President Biden will  attend the memorial service for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd in Charleston, West Virginia.  More details will be available in the coming days.


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The president will probably speak(does he go anywhere without speaking?) and C-Span will cover it live.

DC, Charleston Funeral Processions|Details for Senator Robert Byrd|Your Funeral Guy

29 Jun

At 9:45 a.m. on Thursday July 1st 2010, the hearse carrying Sen. Byrd’s body will arrive at the Senate steps of the Capitol.

9:50 AM on Thurday July 1st 2010 The casket will be brought up the steps into the Senate chamber, and will be placed upon the catafalque that was first used for President Lincoln’s funeral in 1865 by an Honor guard.

10:15 am until 3:45 p.m., the public is invited to the  United State Senate Chamber Galleries to  pay their respects.

4 p.m  on Thursday July 1st 2010 -Senator  Byrd’s Casket  will  taken out of the  United States Senate Chamber to a hearse and move in procession to  a departure  from Andrews AFB.  Arrival time in Charleston, W.Va., is 5:50 p.m a Yeager Airport .

In Charleston  West Virginia a procession from Yeager Airport will take Senator Byrd past  the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse to the State Capitol, where the casket will be moved to the Capitol Rotunda.

9 p.m. Thursday  to  9 a.m  Friday there will be a public viewing in the West Virginia Capitol Rotunda Charleston,WV.

Between  11:30 a.m-12.00 AM  Friday, July 2nd   A MEMORIAL SERVICE will take place in The Capitol Rotunda in West Virginia.  The casket will be removed  from that location at 4pm

11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6,  the Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington, Va.will host Senator Robert Byrd’s Funeral   It is open to the public.

The address of The Church is: 3455 North Glebe Road Arlington, Virginia

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Senator Robert Byrd Funeral plans revealed|Your Funeral Guy

29 Jun

Some of the Funeral plans for Senator Robert Byrd have been revealed. This a partial list of funeral arrangements.(updated Tuesday June 29th at 4:30pm)

Thursday, July 1st 2010

Visitation,Viewing, Lie in State ” US Senate Floor”   Time 10 AM to 4pm

Chaplain Prayer in the Senate Chamber  Time 10:30 AM

Closed casket with honor guard

Public allowed in the Galleries of the Senate Chamber.

Thursday Evening Senator Byrd’s Body will Be taken to the West Virginia Capitol Rotunda where he will lie in State.

Friday July 2nd, 2010

Memorial Funeral Service In West Virginia, Friday

Time: 11:00 AM just after 12noon at West Virginia Capitol Rotunda

Tuesday July 6th 2010

Funeral in Arlington, VA open to the public

Private Internment

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Senator Byrd Funeral Lie in State In Senate Chamber Thursday, July 1st |Your Funeral Guy

29 Jun

Senator Byrd will Lie in State in the Senate Chamber on Thursday.  It is being reported that he will  NOT lie in  State the Capitol Rotunda.

“The body of West Virginia Democrat Robert C. Byrd will lie Thursday in repose in the Senate chamber, where he served for more than half a century.

Law enforcement officials and a Senate aide said Byrd’s casket will lie in repose in the Senate chamber, rather than the Capitol Rotunda.

There is ample precedent for such ceremonies, but none has occurred since North Dakota Republican William Langer’s funeral in 1959, according to the Senate Historian’s

Senator Byrd served in the US Senate Chamber for 51 Years and is the longest Serving US Senator in American History.

Robert Byrd Died Early  Monday Morning. Some Funeral Arrangements have been made.

Sen. Robert Byrd will join Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy among historic figures who have lain in state in the Capitol Rotunda — an honor bestowed upon only 28 other Americans over the past 160 years.

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Here is a list of the Recent Senators who have lied in repose in the Capitol.

Here is a list of the last Five United States Senators to lie in State in the US Capitol

Borah, William E.                  Idaho                      January 22, 1940

Sheppard, Morris                  Texas                      April 10, 1941

Harrison, Byron P.(Pat)         Mississippi              June 23, 1941

McCarthy, Joseph R.            Wisconsin                May 6, 1957

Langer, William                 North Dakota              November 10, 1959

Will President Obama Speak at Senator Robert Byrd’s Funeral?|YourFuneralGuy

28 Jun
It will take several days to arrange the Senator Robert Byrd Funeral Service. Things could take 1-4 days because logistics will need to be coordinated with the Family, the  United States Senate, government officials and local Law enforcement.
The Logistics for an event like this are quite involved.
Odds are that Obama will speak and give a Eulogy.The White House will not announce whether President Obama will be at Senator Robert Byrd’s Funeral until Funeral Arrangements are finalized. The announcement may come just before the funeral for security reasons.

There will be probably be some sort of National Memorial Service where Fellow Senators can share their memories. This was the case in Senator Ted Kennedy’s. Funeral.

President Obama will  probably speak reading a teleprompter and fulfill his role Griever in Chief .

The burial will most likely be private.

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Source(s)for this speculative post:

Your Funeral Guy Blogs on the Funerals of Government Leaders.Examples:Ted Kennedy, John Murtha, Jack Kemp, Polish President
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