The body of Former President Dwight David Eisenhower was taken yesterday (Saturday) to Washington National Cathedral for a short and private religious ceremony.
Cortege arriving at Cathedral; Marine Band playing; honour guard carrying coffin into Cathedral; Dean Sayre; David and Julie Eisenhower; Mrs Mamie Eisenhower and son John; other mourners (NATSOF)
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Background: The body of Former President Dwight David Eisenhower was taken yesterday (Saturday) to Washington National Cathedral for a short and private religious ceremony. A military honour guard composed of men from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Marine Corps Band formed part of the cortege of family, close friends and officials.
The General's flag-draped coffin was accompanied by his widow, Mrs Mamie Doud Eisenhower; his only son John and his wife; and his four grandchildren -- which included grandson David with his wife Julie Nixon.
The ceremony was conducted by the Reverend Francis Sayre, Dean of the Inter-denominational Protestant Cathedral where General Eisenhower's body will lie in state until this afternoon (Sunday). After the funeral tomorrow (Monday) General Eisenhower's body will be taken to his boyhood town of Abilene, in Kansas, for burial on Wednesday.