LARGO, FL (TBO.com) U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young's casket arrived minutes ago at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo, where thousands of people are on hand to pay their respects to the longtime congressman, who died Friday.
The mourners include more than 100 members of Congress and top local and state officials, along with senior military leaders, who benefitted greatly from the powerful Republican's support over the years.
Congress is shutting down for the day so members can attend the funeral, and the military arranged for special flights to transport members of Congress from Washington, D.C.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England and Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, are among those scheduled to eulogize Young. A letter from former President George W. Bush to Young's widow, Beverley, also will be read at the funeral. Young will be buried at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg this afternoon.