1969_04_01_Central NJ Home News_New Brunswick NJ_Page 25_The Gentle Warrior is Going Home
Bruns-in of- R- demonstra- to ad- to alter-Highland immediate-Miss as-Highland stu-late to of recom- sepa- NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., TUESDAY. APRIL 1, 1989 ,M uJ K.v ,--VJI;r . J$ s$ 'i ft i1 i i : I I i 1 O ft r-s - 'w " A 'if ' 'A v t i K X 1 FUNERAL SERVICE - The Right Rev. William F. Creighton, bishop of Washington, officiates at the funeral service for Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington National Cathedral. Kneeling art the Rev. Francis B. Sayre Jr., left, dean of Washington Cathedral, and the Rev. Edward L. R. El son, minister of the National Presbyterian Church. (AP Wirephoto) The Gentle Warrior Is Going Home Continued from Page One of Eisenhower and now, at 78, among the last of the allied leaders of that brutal war. Lyndon B. Johnson, one of the nation's two surviving ex-Presidents, returned to Washington for the first time for the funeral, exactly one year to the very day after his historic announcement that he would not run again. From the towering Gothic cathedral, the body was borne by hearse to the train station in sight of the majestic dome of the U.S. Capitol, where Eisenhower had lain in state for the last day. A 21-gun salute at dusk, the measured cadence of military footsteps, a hush amid the mourners, accompanied the simple soldier's casket to its black catafalque in the baggage car. The doors were sealed. Black crepe drapes were drawn across the single small window on each side of the funeral car. They will remain closed until the train reaches Abilene. Mourning Americans came by the hundreds and thousands to stand by the railroad tracks and watch the 10-car train pass on its saddened journey so much like that of Lincoln in another century. At the Civil War battlefield village of Manassas, Va., famed for nearby Bull Run, an estimated 1,000 persons gathered to pay last tribute to the general. At Charlottesville, home of Thomas Jefferson and cit adel of the Old South, the throng of 2,500 persons broke into "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," the anthem of the North in the Civil War a century ago. By Charlottesville, the funeral train was already running an hour late as its engines were changed for the steep run over the Blue Ridge Mountains. More crowds waited ahead along the funeral route as it twisted through West Virginia, curved along the Ohio River to Cincinnati, and then plunged across the midlands to cross the Mississippi at St. Louis on its way westward. The family, perhaps recalled the deaths of two onlookers as the funeral train of Robert F. Kennedy thread- -ed its way through the throngs from New York to Washington only a year ago, had sought to avoid the crowds in a trip barren of ceremony. The only stops were railroad pauses to change crews. In the funeral car, second from the front, the black curtains hid the bier of the warrior. The casket rode in baggage car No. 314, a relic of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad picked at random for the somber and historic journey. Fresh paint covered the patches of rust on the aging car, built before World War II when Eisenhower was still unknown to his nation. At the rear of the train was the plush private railroad car that had carried Eisenhower to Abilene in 1952 to announce his candidacy for the White House.