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Ferenc Puskás's Long Last Journey


INDEX / Hungarian News Service
24 November 2006

On Saturday, 9 December, in Ferenc Puskás Stadium, a one-hour memorial ceremony will be given to Ferenc Puskás. He will be laid out on 7 December in Saint Stephen's Basilica, where his ashes will be laid to eternal rest two days later.

At a press conference held at the Hungarian Sports Federation (Magyar Sport Háza), plans for Ferenc Puskás's funeral ceremony were announced.

Robert Koltay, film director and artistic director of the Tribute Committee, made known the itinerary for the memorial. Ferenc Puskás is to be laid out in Saint Stephen's Basilica on December - that is, two weeks from now. Visitors may pay their respects there from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.

On Saturday, 9 December, starting at 4 p.m. in Ferenc Puskás Stadium, a one-hour memorial ceremony will be held to honour the memory of the "Speedy Major", whose ashes will be transported to the arena by gun carriage.

The stadium is capable of holding 38,000 spectators. The gates will open at 2 p.m.

The funeral procession will set off at approx. 5 p.m. Mourners will proceed through the Marathon Gate towards Istvánmezei Road, then along Dózsa Gyögry Road to Heroes' Square, where the one-time Honvéd and Real Madrid great will receive a send-off with military honours.

Following this, the procession will continue along the Andrássy Avenue - József Attila Street - Hercegprrímás Street route directly to Saint Stephen's Basilica, where a traditional Roman Catholic funeral mass will be held to bid farewell to Ferenc Puskás.

Hungarian Television (channels 1 and 2), as well as Duna Television, will broadcast the memorial live.


The Nation Says Goodbye to Puskás

On 9 December, the entire Hungarian nation will bid farewell to Ferenc Puskás, the Golden Team's legendary captain, who passed away last Friday. "We are burying the nation's departed. We want a dignified, civilized, peaceful memorial. That is why we ask everyone to fill Ferenc Puskás Stadium for one last time," Pál Schmitt, Chairman of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and President of the Ferenc Puskás Tribute Committee at the family's request, announced Friday at the press conference held at the Hungarian Sports Federation.


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