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C.W. Bill Young's body arrives in Pinellas; funeral expected to draw up to 6,000

As politicians and the public remember U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., local officials are planning the logistics for his funeral Thursday. The U.S. House will be in recess, so that representatives may attend.

Logistics: Young's body arrived Monday at the U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Clearwater, above. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Largo Police Department and Largo Fire Rescue were to meet this morning to discuss traffic, parking and security.

Funeral Arrangements: Public visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center, 2801 Grand Ave., Pinellas Park. The funeral starts at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Officials expect a crowd of 4,000 to 6,000. The church holds about 3,000 but can accommodate more with the help of a video monitor, said Deputy Chief David Mixson of Largo Fire Rescue.

Eulogies: House Speaker John Boehner; Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps; Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the second-ranking Democrat in the House; Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.; and Gordon England, former deputy secretary of defense, secretary of the Navy and deputy secretary of homeland security, are expected to speak at the funeral.

C.W. Bill Young's body arrives in Pinellas; funeral expected to draw up to 6,000 10/21/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:14am]
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