WATCH LIVE: Funeral service for fmr. US Sen. Richard Lugar Wednesday in Indianapolis

WATCH LIVE: Funeral service for fmr. US Sen. Richard Lugar Wednesday in Indianapolis
Richard Lugar

INDIANAPOLIS (WFIE/AP) - Hundreds of mourners paid their respects at the funeral for Richard Lugar, the longtime U.S. senator from Indiana known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle thousands of nuclear weapons.

Vice President Mike Pence gave a eulogy during Wednesday’s funeral for “an American statesman whose contributions to our nation are countless.”

LIVE: Funeral service for fmr. US Sen. Richard Lugar

LIVE: Hundreds of mourners are expected at the funeral for Richard Lugar, the longtime U.S. senator from Indiana known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle thousands of nuclear weapons. More>>https://bit.ly/2VBdwQe

Posted by 14 NEWS on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lugar was mayor of Indianapolis before beginning a 36-year Senate career with his first election victory in 1976. He left the Senate following a 2012 Republican primary loss and died April 28 at age 87.

Lugar was hailed as a peacemaker during a Tuesday ceremony in the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda, where he was to lie in repose for 24 hours before his funeral. President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Memorial services for fmr. US Sen. Richard Lugar begin Tuesday in Indianapolis

Lugar’s funeral service was held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, where Lugar served as an elder.

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