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Planning underway for Rep. Young's funeral

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The hearse that picked up Rep. C.W. Young's body at the airport The hearse that picked up Rep. C.W. Young's body at the airport
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

It will take the cooperation of federal state and local agencies to put together the funeral services for Congressman Bill Young.

From the moment of the arrival of the body at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport on Monday, every move is carefully choreographed and planned. Local firemen and police officers were on hand to help escort the casket to the funeral home. Largo Fire Assistant Chief Doug Swartz said the family requested representation from the public service branches to be on hand.

While Congressman Young could have the option of a full military burial the ultimate decision on the details is left to the family's wishes.
"Military honors would be offered to the family and it would be up to the family to decide what they would like and how they would like their loved one to be honored,' said Swartz.


Related story: Rep. C.W. Bill Young's body returns home


The Pinellas Sheriff's Office will focus on the motorcade for the family and visiting dignitaries, as well as general security.

"We have federal state and local law enforcement agencies involved in bringing all the different events together. But I think that everyone is cooperating and bringing this collaborative effort because Congressman Young did touch a lot of people in this area. Everyone wants to come together to make sure that Congressman Young's wife and family have the support they need, but that  the public is able to come out and give their thanks to him as well," said Cristen Rensel, spokesperson for the Pinellas Sheriff's Office.

There will be a private family viewing Wednesday at 4 in the afternoon and then the public will be allowed to come in from 5 till 9 p.m. at the Bill Young Armed Forces reserve center, 2801 Grand Ave. in Pinellas Park. 


The funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. at first Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

Motorists should avoid the Gateway area just north of Gandy between US 19 and 28th Street from the hours of 2:30 :00 p.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m. Traffic is expected to be heavy due to the public visitation.

There will also be significant delays along Park Blvd. from 113th Street east to 28th Street due funeral motorcade traffic from about 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Law enforcement will be securing the intersections along Park Blvd.


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In a private ceremony, Congressman Young will be buried at Bay Pines Cemetery next to his mother.

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