The U.S. Army Military District of Washington Support for the Mrs. Betty Ford Funeral in Grand Rapids, MI

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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.

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WHAT:    Military funeral support for former First Lady Betty Ford

WHEN:    Wednesday, July 13:
     5 p.m., arrival ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport
     6 p.m., arrival ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
    Thursday, July 14:
    1 p.m., departure ceremony from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
    1:30 p.m., arrival ceremony at the Grace Episcopal Church
    3:30 p.m., departure ceremony from the Grace Episcopal Church
    4 p.m., arrival ceremony and interment at the Gerald R. Ford Presidental Museum

WHERE: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, and the Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids, Mich.

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 the U.S. Military District of Washington’s support to Mrs. Ford’s funeral in Grand Rapids, Mich., please contact the Michigan Army National Guard Public Affairs Media Center at 616-776-6986.

CEREMONIAL ELEMENTS FOR GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN:

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

Officer in charge:            Maj. James Stultz
                        Hometown: San Angelo Texas

Non-commissioned officer in charge:    Sgt. Michael Packer
                            Hometown: Dixon, Ill.

                            Sgt. Clayton Skidmore
                            Hometown: Janesville, Calif.

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

                        Lance Cpl. Norman Hill
                        Hometown: The Colony, Texas

                        Lance Cpl. Max Buffkin
                        Hometown: Winter Springs, Fla.

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

                        Fireman Zachary Galbreath
                        Hometown: Dallas, Texas

                        Seaman Alfredo Estrada
                        Hometown: El Reno, Okla.

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

                        Airman 1st Class Dominic Knapp
                        Hometown: Meadville, Pa.

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

                        Seaman John Kroll
                        Hometown: Windsor Locks, Conn.

MUSICAL ELEMENTS FOR GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN:

Music provided by:            The United States Army Chours
                        The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
                        Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

Under the direction of:            Maj. Dwayne S. Milburn
                        Homtown: Baltimore, Md.            

Vocalist:                    Sgt. 1st Class Alvy Powell
                        Hometown: Cape Charles, Va.

Accompanist:                Staff Sgt. Joel Ayau
                        Hometown: Woodstock, Conn.

Hymns:
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum:    “Done Made My Vow”
                        Traditional Spiritual    
                        composed by Wendell Whalum

Grace Episcopal Church:            “Amazing Grace”
                        composed by John Newton

                        “The Lord’s Prayer”
                        arranged by Albert May Malotte

Interment:                    “God Bless America”
                        composed by Irving Berlin
                        arranged by Samuel Loboda                        
                        “America the Beautiful”
                        composed by Samuel A. Ward
                        arranged by Scott McKenzie
                        text by Katherine Lee Bates

                        “Simple Gifts”
                        composed by Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr.

                                                “Let there be Peace on Earth, and Let it Begin with Me”
                                                 composed by Jill Jackson and Seymour Miller
                                                 arranged by Dwayne S. Milburn

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 US 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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