The U.S. Army Military District of Washington Support for Former First Lady Mrs. Betty Ford in Palm Desert, Calif.

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Mrs. Ford is being afforded a First Lady Funeral. Any serving or former Frist Lady is authorized the services of Armed Forces body bearers to carry her casket. If requested by the family, the services of a military chaplain may also be provided. These are the the same privileges which are afforded to spouses who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

WHAT: Military funeral support for former First Lady Betty Ford

WHEN: Tuesday, July 12, 11:20 a.m., arrival ceremony at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
Wednesday, July 13, 9:10 a.m., departure ceremony from St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
Wednesday, July 13, 9:45 a.m., departure ceremony from Palm Springs International Airport

WHERE: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert and Palm Springs International Airport, Calif.

BACKGROUND: Mrs. Ford is being afforded a First Lady Funeral. Any serving or former Frist Lady is authorized the services of Armed Forces body bearers to carry her casket. If requested by the family, the services of a military chaplain may also be provided. These are the the same privileges which are afforded to spouses who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

CONTACT: Questions regarding Mrs. Ford’s funeral, please contact Ms. Barbara Lewandrowski at (571) 242-3734.

CEREMONIAL ELEMENTS FOR PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA:

Army: 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard),
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

Officer in charge: Capt. Brian Sain
Hometown: Lake Ridge, Va.

Non-commissioned officer in charge: Staff Sgt. Carlos Guzman
Hometown: Concord, Va.

Cpl. Maurice Cotton
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Marine Corps: U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company,
Marine Barracks (8th and I), Washington, D.C.        

Cpl. Garrett Quinn
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.

Lance Cpl. Brandon Davis
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Navy: U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard,
Naval District Washington, Washington, D.C.

Seaman Kyle Johnston
Hometown: Tuscon, Ariz.

Seaman John Williams
Hometown: Yucaipa, Calif.

Air Force: U.S. Air Force Honor Guard,
Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.

Airman 1st Class Eric McCall
Hometown: Hemet, Calif.

Coast Guard: U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard,
Telecommunications Information Systems Center,
Alexandria, Va.

Seaman Brian Kelley
Hometown: Keller, Texas

MUSICAL ELEMENTS FOR ST. MARGARET’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA:

Vocalist: Sgt. 1st Class Alvy Powell
The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.
Hometown: Cape Charles, Va.

Accompanist: Staff Sgt. Joel Ayau
The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.
Hometown: Woodstock, Conn.

Hymn: “Amazing Grace” composed by John Newton

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Ford Family was first introduced to the U.S. Army Chorus and soloist Sgt. 1st Class Alvy Powell in the early 70's when President Gerald R. Ford was the Vice President. Through the years, the U.S. Army Chorus and Powell were invited to participate in several national-level and personal events by the Fords. The U.S. Army Chorus and Powell will sing many of Mrs. Ford's favorite hymns during the ceremonies in both Desert Palms, Calif., and Grand Rapids, Mich.

The U.S. Army Chorus and Powell have participated in events such as: President Ford's Funeral Services, The U.S. Postal Service' s Gerald R. Ford postage stamp issue, the Gerald R. Ford Statue Unveiling at Statutory Hall on Capitol Hill, the Dedication of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Rededication of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, and many White House Events.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington serves as the Army Forces Component and core staff element of the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region to conduct operations that deter, prevent, and respond to threats aimed at the National Capital Region; and conducts world-class ceremonial, musical and special events in support of our Nation’s leadership.

For more information on military honors, please contact The U.S. Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at (cell) 202-685-4644, or visit:
http://www.mdw.army.mil/

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