ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Celebration of Life Ceremonies honoring Congressman John Lewis will take place over six days, starting Saturday, July 25, 2020. His family released the details of the events, which include stops in Troy, Selma and Montgomery, Alabama and in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.

The family said a military honor guard will accompany Rep. Lewis when he crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and while he lies in state at the other locations. Those who participate will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines at all events. The family also provided information on how to honor his life virtually:

In light of the pandemic, the family encourages Congressman Lewis’ many supporters to organize John Lewis Virtual Love Events in their homes to watch the ceremonies. They will be live-streamed on multiple platforms. To fully participate, the public is encouraged to tie a blue or purple ribbon on their front doors or in their front yards to commemorate his life. They can post video, photos, songs, or any kind of virtual tribute to Rep. Lewis at #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity or leave a written tribute here. In lieu of flowers, please visit the John and Lillian Miles Lewis Foundation, Inc. website.

Here is the Celebration of Life schedule:

Saturday, July 25 in Troy and Selma, Alabama

A Service Celebrating “The Boy from Troy”

Trojan Arena, Troy University, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT

  • This ceremony is open to the public, but seating is limited.  Participants must obtain a ticket in the parking lot of the arena upon arrival to enter the facility.  Due to the needs required to maintain social distancing, only 800 public seats are available.  Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Rep. Lewis Lies in Repose

Trojan Arena, Troy University, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT

  • Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Selma Honors Congressman John Robert Lewis:  1940-2020

Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CT

  • Given COVID-19 precautions, this event is not open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Rep. Lewis Lies in Repose

Brown Chapel A.ME. Church, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. CT

  • Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Sunday, July 26: Selma and Montgomery

“#Good Trouble: Courage, Sacrifice & the Long March for Freedom”

The Final Crossing, Edmund Pettus Bridge, 10 a.m. CT

  • The public is invited to view the processional as it travels from Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Receiving Ceremony: Alabama State Capitol, Front Entrance Hall

  • 2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CT

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State: Alabama State Capitol

  • 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. CT
  • Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28

THE CONSCIENCE OF THE CONGRESS, Washington, D.C.

Special Ceremony (Invitation-only), Rotunda, United States Capitol, Mon., July 27, 1:30 p.m.

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State, United States Capitol

  • Mon., July 27, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Tues., July 28, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Given COVID-19 precautions, Rep. Lewis will lie in state at the top of the East Front Steps of the U.S. Capitol for the public viewing, and the public will file past on the East Plaza.  Per the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s order, masks will be required to enter the line, which will begin at the corner of First and East Capitol Streets NE.  Social distancing will also be strictly enforced.  Given expected high temperatures and the potential for inclement weather, members of the public are encouraged to bring water and umbrellas.

Wednesday, July 29

ATLANTA’S SERVANT LEADER, Atlanta, Georgia

Special Ceremony

  • Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State, Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

  • 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • 8:00 pm – 8:00 am
  • Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Omega Service, Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Thursday, July 30

A LIFETIME OF SERVICE, Atlanta, Georgia

A Celebration of Life

  • Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary
  • 11:00 am
  • Given COVID-19 precautions, this event is not open to the public.  Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Internment

  • South-View Cemetery (private)
  • For more information, please click here.
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