The funeral for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is a three-day event starting today that will encompass three states and include speeches by political leaders including Vice President Joseph Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Lautenberg's funeral service is set for 11:30 a.m. at Park Avenue Synagogue on Manhattan's East Side. The fiery Democrat from Cliffside Park will be eulogized by Biden, Clinton and Sen. Bob Menendez, a fellow New Jersey Democrat.
Lautenberg's casket will then be taken to the Secaucus Junction train station that bears his name and put on an Amtrak train en route to Washington, The senator, a staunch advocate for public transit, was credited with a key role in securing federal aid for the $450 million station, which connects 10 of the state's rail lines and allows travelers from Bergen County to reach midtown Manhattan, Newark Liberty International Airport, the Shore and Trenton.
Lautenberg's body will lie in repose in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. A public viewing will be in the Senate chamber after a private viewing with the family. The casket will sit on the bier that was used to support the body of Abraham Lincoln. Lautenberg's viewing will be modeled after the funeral arrangements for Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest serving senator in history, who died in 2010.
Lautenberg, the Senate's last veteran of World War II, is scheduled to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
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