UPDATE: Pence To Eulogize Lugar

May 11, 2019

NEW:

Vice President Mike Pence will be traveling to his home state for Wednesday's funeral of longtime Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.

Pence says in a Twitter post that Lugar is "an American statesman whose contributions to our nation are countless." The former Indiana governor says he will deliver a eulogy for a "great man who inspired so many in public service — including me."

Lugar left the Senate in 2013 after 36 years and died April 28 at age 87. He was a foreign policy expert who helped spur the dismantling of thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons

Two days of memorial services for Lugar begin with a midday Tuesday ceremony during which his casket will be brought into the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda, followed by about eight hours of public viewing.

ORIGINAL POST:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The family of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar says those wishing to attend his funeral Wednesday must register in advance.

The Lugar Center in Washington announced Friday people can register at an online link or at www.thelugarcenter.org .

The family says it will notify those requesting seats via email with details about attendance or if all the seats have been taken.

The funeral will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

The family now says it will greet callers while Lugar lies in state in the Statehouse Rotunda from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. That's a change from earlier hours it announced.

The six-term senator and former Indianapolis mayor died April 28 at age 87.