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Several Leaders Join Mourners At Sen. Lugar Funeral

Lugar casket

A military honor guard moved the casket of Sen. Lugar from the Statehouse to St. Luke's United Methodist Church Wednesday. (Courtesy: Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's office)

Numerous national leaders are among several hundred mourners who have gathered for the funeral of longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

WATCH LIVE: Senator Richard G. Lugar Funeral Service

A military honor guard took Lugar's flag-draped coffin from the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda where he laid in repose since Tuesday.

Vice President Mike Pence, Chief Justice John Roberts and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all stood Wednesday as Lugar's casket was carried into St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

Former Indiana Gov. Pence is expected to give a eulogy at the service, as is former Sen. Sam Nunn, the Georgia Democrat with whom Lugar spearheaded a program that dismantled thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons after the Cold War.

Lugar served 36 years in the Senate and died last month at age 87.

The procession Wednesday passed the Indianapolis City-County Building, where it paused beneath a large garrison flag suspended between two firetruck ladders in recognition of his eight years as the city's mayor before his first election to the Senate in 1976.

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