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Byrd viewing, memorial to be held at W.Va. Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will attend a memorial service for the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd at the state Capitol.

The memorial service is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Capitol's North Plaza in Charleston.

Gov. Joe Manchin is giving state government employees the day off Friday. He's declared it a day of observance in Byrd's honor.

The president and vice president also attended an April 25 memorial service in Beckley for the 29 miners killed at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine.

A Byrd spokesman says the late senator's casket is scheduled to arrive at Charleston's Yeager Airport shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday. The casket will be placed in a hearse for transport to the federal courthouse, followed by a public procession to the state Capitol.

Byrd's body will lie in repose at the Capitol's Lower Rotunda. The public can view the casket from 9 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday.

Burial is set for Tuesday near his wife, Erma, in Arlington, Va.


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