Monday, June 07, 2004

STATE FUNERAL: Gov't Shuts Down Friday; Security Heightened

The Washington Post reports this morning that federal workers will have the day off on Friday for a national day of mourning for former President Reagan's funeral.

And security is being heightened across the capital. The National Cathedral is under "modified 3C" security, the Post reports, which means that in advance of Friday's service. That means that Cathedral grounds will be shut down, with checkpoints set up on the perimeter. And I imagine that the day of the funeral, traffic in Cathedral Heights will be tied up, with the potential for Wisconsin Avenue to be shut down.

But there has been some confusion as to the route the funeral procession will take to the Capitol. Initially, it was reported that Reagan's coffin will be loaded onto a horse-drawn cassion at "16th Street and Constitution Avenue" for a procession down Constitution Avenue. Of course, 16th Street does not intersect Constitution Avenue, though the 1600 block of Constitution Avenue does sit at the foot of the Ellipse. CNN has reported that the procession will go down Constitution Avenue, but the Post reports it will go down Pennsylvania Avenue.


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