Funeral services for Michael E. Busch, speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, will be a major undertaking, with public ceremonies, a host of dignitaries and plenty of opportunities for the public to say farewell.
Busch, who died April 7 while undergoing treatment for pneumonia, will be escorted by Maryland State Police starting at noon Monday from the John M. Taylor Funeral home on Duke of Gloucester Street to City Dock, up Main Street and then to the State House front entrance facing the Annapolis Harbor.
Members of the General Assembly will welcome for Busch’s casket in a ceremony starting about 12:15 p.m.
Busch will lie in state in the rotunda under the dome from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and then Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Members of the public can pay their respects, lining up at the State Circle entrance.
Tuesday, a procession will depart from the State House to St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Road. There may be rolling road closures along Rowe Boulevard during the procession.
The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m.
At the conclusion of the service, there will be a reception, open to the public, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Akerson Tower at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard.
Visitors should park in the gold side parking lot at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. A free shuttle will run between the stadium and the State House starting about 9:20 a.m., and ending at 10:45 p.m., then with return service after the funeral.
Members of the public who wish to pay their respects should be prepared for forecasted weather conditions. There may be lines queuing outside of the State House doors.
City officials noted that no flowers, sealed envelopes or other offerings will be permitted into the State House. All visitors must go through security screening, including metal detectors. Photo identification is required to enter the building.
Protocol requires that cell phones and other devices be turned off while in the State House.