President Richard Nixon led Americans on Thursday (4 May) in a tribute to J. Edgar?
GV & CU National Presbyterian Church (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT INT. from choir to congregation
CU Nixon speaking
GV Choir sings as coffin is carried out followed by Nixon & wife (4 shots)
Church; choir and congregation; Nixon speaking; coffin carried out followed by Mr. & Mrs. Nixon.
NIXON: "J. Hoover was one of the giants. His long life brimmed over with magnificent achievement and service to this country which he loved so well. One of the tragedies of life is, that as a rule, a man's true greatness is recognised only in death. J. Edgar Hoover was one of the rare exceptions to that rule. He became a living legend while still a young man, and he lived up to his legend as the decades passed. His death only heightens the respect and admiration felt for him across this land, and in every land where men cherish freedom. The greatness of Edgar Hoover will remain inseparable from the organisation he created, and gave his whole life to building - the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
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Background: President Richard Nixon led Americans on Thursday (4 May) in a tribute to J. Edgar Hoover at the funeral of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation(F.B.I.) chief in Washington's National Presbyterian Church. He said Hoover was a legend and a giant who had created an incorruptible law enforcement agency which was inseparable from his own greatness.
Members of the cabinet, diplomats and government officials heard the President describe the 77-year-old Hoover, who was found dead on Tuesday (2 May), as a man who'd become a legend in his own lifetime and had lived up to it as time passed.
As he delivered the eulogy, Mr Nixon stood near the flag-draped coffin. Following the service, the President and his wife followed the coffin as it was carried out of the church.
Mr Hoover was later buried in the family grave -- just a few streets from where he was born.
This film has natural sound throughout.
SYNOPSIS: It was in Washington's National Presbyterian Church on thursday that the final tributes to J. Edgar Hoover, the late chief of America's Federal Bureau of Investigation -- or F.B.I. as it's known -- were said on Thursday, Members of the cabinet, diplomats and law-enforcement officials were among the congregation at the law-enforcement director's funeral. And President Nixon delivered the eulogy
Following the service, Mr Nixon and his wife followed the flag-draped coffin out of the church. Mr hoover was later taken to a cemetery and buried in the family grave -- just a few streets from where he was born.