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Michael Jackson's Public Viewing is a Go

by dsussman   June 30, 2009 at 2:02PM  |  Views: 132

CNN is reporting that Michael Jackson's body will return to his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara on Thursday morning for a public viewing that will take place on Friday.A private memorial service is also scheduled for Sunday, but the question of where Jackson will be buried remains unanswered.

There has also been speculation that Michael's body will make it to his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Gary Mayor Rudy Clay has been in contact with the Jackson family and is hoping to make that happen, spokeswoman Lalosa Burns said Tuesday.

CNN is also reporting that Clay told Chicago radio station WGN that he expects Jackson's body will be taken to Gary for a memorial service he is planning for next week:

The Jackson memorial service is set for July 10th at U.S. Steel Works ballpark in Gary, Burns said. It would be "a memorial that's fit for the prince of peace and a memorial that's fit for Gary, Indiana's favorite son, the greatest entertainer that ever lived," Clay said.

A burial site for the singer could be near a proposed Jackson family museum and a performing arts center, Burns said. "The mayor had spoken with a contact of the Jackson family and expressed our interest in having that to be a part of the history of this great family," Burns said. "We have not received confirmation on that."

Sounds like it’s going to be a real circus. We should expect nothing less from the funeral of Michael Jackson.

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