Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) July 13, 2011
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.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum: “Done Made My Vow”
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
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: