Thousands of Texans filed past the coffin of former United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson on Tuesday (January 23) as it lay in state in the Johnson Library at the University of Texas in Austin.
Thousands of Texans filed past the coffin of former United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson on Tuesday (January 23) as it lay in state in the Johnson Library at the University of Texas in Austin. Thousands lined the route to the library to pay their respects to Mr. Johnson who died of a heart attack on Tuesday at his Texas ranch home.
After lying in state at Austin, the former president's body was flown to the capital, Washington, on board Air Force One, the 'plane in which he was sworn in as President after President John Kennedy's assassination in November, 1963. Mr. Johnson's body was to lie in state in Washington before being flown back to Austin for burial in a private ceremony at his home.
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SYNOPSIS: The body of former United States President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, lay in state in the Johnson Library in his home town of Austin, Texas on Tuesday. Before the coffin was moved to the library, a private prayer service was held, attended only by relatives and close friends.
As the body was carried to the hearse by a military honour guard, Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson was escorted by retired Air Force General James Cross, who was President Johnson's pilot during the years in the White House.
The Johnson Library was the scene of the first of two lying in states. The body was later flown to Washington. President Johnson made no formal plans for his funeral...his family was up most of the previous night deciding what he would have wanted. Several thousand mourners had lined up four hours before the casket was carried into the library. Family mourners included Mrs. Johnson, her daughters Lynda and Luci, their husbands and Mr. Johnson's oldest grandchild, Lyn Nugent.
Inside the library, on the second floor, the casket was placed in front of a pylon on which were inscribed quotes from his speeches.
Mrs. Johnson broke into tears several times, but on each occasion regained her composure quickly. The mourning at Austin, mainly friends and relatives and townspeople, was a prelude to national mourning centred on the state funeral in Washington.
During the lying in state thousands of Texans filed past the casket.