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Jul 2, 2010 12:09 PM by Greg Boyce

President attends Byrd memorial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama has arrived in West Virginia to honor the late Robert C. Byrd's legacy.

The president's plane landed at Charleston's Yeager airport shortly before 11 a.m., Friday. Vice President Joe Biden joined Obama on the tarmac. The two men and several ranking congressional members were to make their way to the state Capitol for a memorial service for Byrd, who died Monday at the age of 92.

Less than an hour before the service, ordinary West Virginians were finding places in the sun-dappled courtyard below the Capitol's steps.  Byrd was the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate. After the ceremony, his body will be flown back to Virginia, where he will be buried on Tuesday.

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