National Geographic : 1969 Jul
EKTACHROMES BY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHED A long line of black cars bore Mrs. Eisenhower and her son John, President Nixon and his family, foreign leaders and envoys, Eisenhower relatives, and high officials of Nation and states. Protocol dictated that foreign chiefs of state be given precedence according to their years in office. Thus the Shah of Iran, who had ruled since 1941, led the foreign dignitaries. Overhead the thunder of 21 U. S. Air Force jets momen tarily drowned the rhythmic clop of hoofs and the rasp of iron-rimmed wheels as the procession slowly moved toward the Capitol through shivering, silent crowds. On Capitol Hill the gusty northwest wind buffeted um brellas and scarfs and thoroughly chilled the waiting throng. Were tears brought by sadness or by the slap of the wind? It was a varied mass of people-matrons in the black of mourn ing, a father wrapping his overcoat about a small daughter, old soldiers wearing American Legion caps, an elderly Negro carrying a palm frond from morning services, long-haired hippies huddling under handmade quilts, college boys in school jackets from Illinois and Connecticut. They waited quietly in the unseasonable cold.