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Pence giving eulogy at former Senator Lugar's funeral

Richard Lugar (L, MGN) and Mike Pence (R, The White House)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —Vice President Mike Pence will be traveling to his home state for Wednesday's funeral of longtime Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.

Pence says in a Twitter post that Lugar is "an American statesman whose contributions to our nation are countless." The former Indiana governor says he will deliver a eulogy for a "great man who inspired so many in public service — including me."

Lugar left the Senate in 2013 after 36 years and died April 28 at age 87. He was a foreign policy expert who helped spur the dismantling of thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons

Two days of memorial services for Lugar begin with a midday Tuesday ceremony during which his casket will be brought into the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda, followed by about eight hours of public viewing.

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