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Former President Ford Returns Home to Michigan for Final Farewell

Former President Ford's final memorial service was held at an Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., Wednesday. The NewsHour offers excerpts of the eulogies as he was laid to rest.

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  • RAY SUAREZ:

    A steady flow of about 3,000 visitors an hour paid their final respects to the 38th president, while his body lay in repose at his museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, over 17 hours, beginning yesterday. Overnight and into today, some 57,000 well-wishers each spent a moment saying goodbye to President Gerald Ford.

    This afternoon, President Ford's body was taken to Grace Episcopal Church, where he and former First Lady Betty Ford were married 58 years ago. Ford's funeral today marks the last official day of mourning, more than a week after his death at age 93.

  • RELIGIOUS LEADER:

    Oh, God, whose mercies cannot be numbered, accept our prayers on behalf of thy servant, Gerald Ford.