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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 January 2007, 23:45 GMT
Gerald Ford buried in home town
Mourners wait outside of the Gerald Ford presidential library, Michigan
Mourners waited for hours at the presidential library in Michigan
Former US President Gerald Ford has been laid to rest in the Michigan town of Grand Rapids, following a week of memorials ending in his home town.

His successor as president, Jimmy Carter, attended the church service alongside Vice-President Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Thousands of people had greeted the coffin as it arrived from Washington following a state funeral service.

Mr Ford died last week at 93. He was the longest-living US president.

Mr Carter and Mr Rumsfeld, who served as Mr Ford's chief of staff after he stepped in to the White House when Richard Nixon resigned, paid tribute.

The service at the Grace Episcopal Church was attended by some 300 people.

In a private ceremony, the late president was then interred in his presidential museum grounds in Grand Rapids, overlooking the Grand River.

Public grief

About 5,000 people an hour filed past Ford's coffin on Tuesday night, waiting in line for four hours on average, the National Guard told AP news agency.

In President Ford, the world saw the best of America...
President George Bush

The library stayed open throughout the night for the public to pay their respects.

In tributes at the funeral service in Washington, President Bush said Gerald Ford brought calm and healing to America after President Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal.

"In President Ford, the world saw the best of America and America found a man whose character and leadership would bring calm and healing to one of the most divisive moments in our nation's history," he said in his eulogy.

Gerald Ford in 1974
I thought when he pardoned Nixon he stood up and did what the country needed
John Banks, mourner

George Bush Senior - President Bush's father - spoke of a life indelibly marked by honour and integrity

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said Gerald Ford restored confidence in America's institutions.

Mr Ford's coffin was escorted by Mr Dick Cheney, former Defence Secretary Mr Rumsfeld, and Mr Ford's running mate in his failed 1976 presidential campaign, ex-Senator Bob Dole.

Mr Ford served as president from 1974 to 1977. He died on 26 December in California.

He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but grew up in Grand Rapids.

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