Body of former Gov. Askew honored at Capitol
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 2:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 2:26 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE — The viewing of the late Gov. Reubin Askew is underway at the state Capitol, where officials and residents are paying their respects.
A hearse carrying Askew's coffin pulled up to the old Capitol around 9:30 a.m. Eight members of an honor guard carried the casket draped in an American flag inside.
Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials lined the sidewalks and followed inside to the second floor. The public was allowed in around 10:30 a.m.
Inside the old Capitol, a short receiving line of family stood beside the casket with a single white flower laid on top.
Askew died last week at age 85. His eight years in office during the 1970s coincided with the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate and dramatic social change across the nation.
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