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.
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