As the crowd gathered in the masses, many felt that time seemed to stand still as the hearse carrying Richard Lugar arrived at the St. Luke's United Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon.
His wife, four sons, grandchildren and relatives filed slowly inside with the honor guard behind them.
One of the dignitaries on hand was Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. McConnell spoke as he remembered Lugar as a man that served others first. "After all, this is a man who embodied Midwestern values and Hoosier humility. Gracious, generous, and polite. The consummate professional and gentleman."
Much been written of Lugar's accomplishments, including his time as a United States Senator and the mayor of Indianapolis. His crowning legislative accomplishment however, was relatively early in his Senate career with Sam Nunn. The two men authored and championed passage of the Soviet Threat Reduction Act in November 1991.
The church was filled with people touched in some way by Lugar. Daniels had served as Lugar's chief of staff in Washington.
Lugar will be laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery.
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