CNN announced its coverage plans for the services for President Gerald Ford…
As the official remembrance begins on Friday, Dec. 29, for former President Gerald Ford, CNN will provide extensive live coverage throughout the week of tributes to Ford in California and Michigan, the transport of his body to Washington, D.C., his body lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda and his memorial service at the National Cathedral on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Throughout Friday, CNN will provide reports from Palm Desert, Calif., where the Ford family plans to hold a private service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.
On Saturday, Dec. 30, live coverage continues from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as officials transport Ford’s body to Washington, D.C. As ceremonies move to Washington, D.C., CNN’s live reports resumes at 5 p.m. with a special edition of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and Jeff Greenfield anchoring coverage of the landing at Andrews Air Force Base, the procession to the U.S. Capitol, the state funeral at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda and the start of a public viewing.
For Sunday, Dec. 31, CNN will air a special Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blitzer and Greenfield will anchor the network’s live coverage of the National Cathedral Memorial Service on Tuesday, Jan. 2, beginning at 9 a.m.
Coverage concludes on Wednesday, Jan. 3, in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Ford’s will lie in state for a public viewing at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Coverage includes a final funeral service at 2 p.m. at Grace Church and internment in a hillside tomb on the grounds of the museum.
Online, CNN.com created a special section dedicated to the former president at http://www.CNN.com/ford. CNN Pipeline, CNN.com’s premium live news video service, will provide extensive live coverage of the tributes, the state funeral, the entire public viewing of Ford’s body lying in state at the U.S. Capitol and the memorial services.