Final Post

Dwight D. Eisenhower's Final Post - October 14, 1890 to March 28, 1969


President Dwight D. Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. His body was transferred to Gawler Funeral Home for burial preparation.

March 29, 1969


11 a.m.


The body arrived at Bethlehem Chapel, Washington National Cathedral, with an honor escort of generals and admirals. After a brief ceremony for the family, honor guard, and honorary civilian pall bearers, the body lay in repose for 28 hours.

Flag at Half-Staff in Washington, D.C. - Photo 71-456-41, U.S. Army Public Domain

Flag at half-staff in Washington, D.C.

March 30, 1969


3 p.m.


The casket was carried from Chapel to hearse. Cortege moved to 16th and Constitution Avenue, where the casket was placed on a caisson.

3:30 p.m.


The funeral procession moved down Constitution Avenue to the Capitol for ceremony, musical honors, and a 21-gun salute. Inside the Capitol rotunda, the eulogy was delivered by President Richard Nixon and a presidential wreath was placed by the casket. The body lay in state until the following morning.

5 p.m.


The public admitted to the Capitol rotunda to file past the casket.

March 31, 1969


4 p.m.


The casket was carried to the hearse for return to Washington National Cathedral.

4:30 p.m.


There was an arrival ceremony at Cathedral's North Transept, followed by an Episcopal funeral service in Cathedral attended by 2,107 persons who were admitted by ticket.


5 p.m.


The casket was placed in the hearse for a trip to Union Station.

April 2, 1969


The funeral train arrived in Abilene, Kansas.

10:30 a.m.


The funeral in Abilene took place on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. The service began on the steps of the Library and concluded inside the Place of Meditation, the chapel where Eisenhower is buried.