The body of Lyndon Baines Johnson was flown to Washington on Wednesday (24 January) aboard the same White House jetliner in which he took the oath of office as the 36th America President.
GV ZOOM OUT..from White House to LBJ's cortege (2 shots)
GV Cortege moves off
SV LBJ family follows in limousine
SV Riderless horse
GV Cortege procession, ZOOMS to crowd lining route
GV Capitol building with crowds in foreground
SV Crowd outside building, cortege arrives
LV INTERIOR..PAN..down from windows to coffin lying in state
SV Young marine stands guard over body
CU ZOOM OUT..from coffin to guards at each corner
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Background: The body of Lyndon Baines Johnson was flown to Washington on Wednesday (24 January) aboard the same White House jetliner in which he took the oath of office as the 36th America President.
When it arrived, the body of the late president was carried into the Halls of Congress.
After a military procession, Mr. Johnson's casket was placed in the rotunda beneath the Great Dome of the U.S. Capitol building.
The crowd that lined the route from the National City Christian Church to the Halls of Congress was small. But the weather was could and windy. The people who did come to pay their last respects watched the horse-drawn caisson pass slowly.
Then as eight servicemen carried the coffin up the Senate steps into the Rotunda, there was an accompaniment of muffled drums, a 21-gun salute and a flypast by airforce jets.
Mrs. Johnson and her two daughters - Mrs. Luci Nugent and Mrs. Linds Robb were joined in the Halls of Congress by President and Mrs. Nixon.
After the church service, the coffin was being flown directly to the LBJ ranch at Johnson City in Texas. He will be buried at the family cemetery on the ranch after final funeral rites conducted by evangelist Doctor Billy Graham.
SYNOPSIS: A comparatively small crowd stood in silence in Washington on Wednesday to watch the body of former President Lyndon Johnson taken to the Halls of Congress.
The wind was icy cold when the cortege prepared for its six-block ride to the Capitol from the National City Christian Church.
Mr. Johnson's widow, Mrs. Ladybird Johnson, and their two daughters followed the caisson. In the final mile, the cortege was joined by a motor cavalcade from the White House. It included President and Mrs. Nixon. The former president died only 24 hours before Mr. Nixon announced a ceasefire to end the Vietnam war...the war to which Mr. Johnson committed America to full scale combat in 1965.
As eight servicemen carried the coffin up the Senate steps into the Rotunda, there was an accompaniment of muffled drums, a 21-gun salute, and a flypast of Air Force jets.
Mrs. Johnson and her two daughters stood close as the Eulogies were read during the two-hour ceremony.