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1,000 vehicles expected for Robert McKeithen funeral procession. Here’s what to know.

As many as 1,000 vehicles are expected to be included in the funeral procession of fallen Biloxi police officer Robert “Mac” McKeithen, Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel said.

The funeral, set for Monday, is being handled by Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home.

Biloxi Patrolman Bryan Wallace said during a podcast Friday that police from New York and across the country will attend the funeral.

“I know we have confirmation that NYPD officers are coming. We have Miami-Dade Metro Police officers coming,” he said. “We were told Los Angeles PD were sending officers. We also have several sheriffs departments, police departments from all the surrounding states: Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, and Texas are coming to share their respects from his sacrifice.”

The public is welcome to stand along the funeral route, preferably on U.S. 90 and along Veterans Avenue, Wallace said.. “Just be mindful that the city is still open, and there will be traffic delays, so stand along the roadway outside of traffic,” he said.

Here’s what you need to know about the funeral and processional.

Funeral

  • There will be a small procession about 7:30 a.m. Monday from the funeral home on Howard Avenue to the the church as McKeithen’s body is moved. A member of the Biloxi Police Department Honor Guard, who has stood vigil since the shooting, will accompany the procession.
  • Public visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Biloxi, 1560 Popps Ferry Road.
  • Church service at 12:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Biloxi, 1560 Popps Ferry Road.
  • Burial to begin after processional at Biloxi National Cemetery, 400 Veterans Avenue.
  • Police will assist with parking, Creel said.

Flag salutes

  • One will be at the church.
  • Another will take place at the Biloxi Lighthouse by fire departments of Biloxi, Keesler, D’Iberville and Gulfport.
  • Mississippi Power will hang a huge flag above the procession on Veterans Avenue.
  • Free pocket-sized flags are available at the Biloxi Visitors Center and will be available at First Baptist Church on Monday.

Processional

  • As of Thursday, nearly 300 motorcycles and 300 law enforcement patrol units have confirmed to be part of the processional, Creel said.
  • As many as 1,000 vehicles are expected.
  • The processional is set to be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be two lanes the entire route.
  • As of Thursday, the route is planned to start from the church at Popp’s Ferry Road, north on Cedar Lake Road, east on Interstate 10, south on Interstate 110, to U.S. 90 west to Veterans Avenue to Biloxi National Cemetery.
  • Traffic will be stopped during the processional, Creel said.
  • Biloxi Police Honor Guard will provide the honors at the cemetery, with a 21 gun salute, folding of the flag, Final Roll Call and Taps.

“With all the traffic, we just hope people will be patient,” Creel said.

Sun Herald will update this story with any new information.

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