- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Statehouse rotunda has been shrouded in black for two days of memorial ceremonies honoring former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb following his death last week.

State troopers and Indiana National Guard members took turns Thursday afternoon in an honor guard alongside Whitcomb’s official portrait from his time as governor from 1969 to 1973. Visitors to the rotunda could sign condolence books.

A funeral cortege will travel Friday through downtown Indianapolis from the Indiana War Memorial to the Statehouse, where a public memorial service with Whitcomb’s family and Gov. Mike Pence is to begin at noon. A 19-round cannon salute and military honors will follow on the Statehouse lawn.

Whitcomb served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was held in a Japanese prisoner camp in the Philippines.

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