Officials in Washington are making tentative plans for President Gerald Ford's body to lie in state this weekend and expect a funeral service after New Year's at National Cathedral.
U.S. Capitol Police say they have been told to prepare for Ford's body to come to the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday, and congressional officials who have been briefed on plans said a public viewing would begin after an arrival ceremony. The cathedral service was expected Tuesday.
The officials are speaking on condition of anonymity because the Ford family has not yet signed off on that schedule.
The 93 year old former president died last night at his California home.
Ford maintained a part time residence in Vail and then Beaver Creek for years. A memorial service in the Vail Valley is in the works.