Rehnquist high court observance begins

Sept. 6, 2005 at 8:13 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Arrangements were completed for the coffin of late U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist to lay in repose in the Washington court's main entrance Tuesday.

Rehnquist, 80, died of thyroid cancer Saturday at his home in Arlington, Va., and his family spent Monday meeting with officials from the Supreme Court and the Archdiocese of Washington, finalizing the arrangements for the funeral and burial.

The flag-draped casket will be available for public viewing from 10 a.m. EDT to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, and for two hours Wednesday morning. The Lutheran funeral service will be at St. Matthews Cathedral at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with burial in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington Post said.

Rehnquist was a World War II veteran, entitling him to burial at Arlington. His wife, Natalie Cornell Rehnquist, was buried there in 1991.

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