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Here are details of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis' memorial ceremonies this weekend

A six-day memorial ceremony honoring the late Rep. John Lewis, a towering figure of the civil rights movement and longtime Georgia Democrat, commences on Saturday.

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A six-day memorial ceremony honoring the late Rep. John Lewis, a towering figure of the civil rights movement and longtime Georgia Democrat, commences on Saturday, featuring stops in five cities that played key roles in his life and legacy.

A military honor guard will escort Lewis' body across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma — where Lewis helped lead a march to Montgomery, Alabama, for voting rights in 1965 — and when he lies in state in Montgomery; Washington, DC; and Atlanta, according to a schedule from Lewis' family.

The "Celebration of Life" ceremony, which will be livestreamed on several platforms, will also feature events in Troy, Alabama, where Lewis was born on a cotton farm into a segregated America in 1940, and at the Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which marked the start of the march to Montgomery.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
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U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) listens during a news conference Sept. 25, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Lewis, who served as the U.S. representative for Georgia's 5th Congressional District for more than three decades, was widely seen as a moral conscience of Congress because of his decades-long embodiment of nonviolent fight for civil rights. His passionate oratory was backed by a long record of action that included, by his count, more than 40 arrests while demonstrating against racial and social injustice.

A follower and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., he participated in lunch counter sit-ins, joined the Freedom Riders in challenging segregated buses and — at the age of 23 — was a keynote speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington.

View of some of the leaders of March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom as they march with signs, Washington DC, Aug. 28, 1963. Among those pictured are, front row from left, John Lewis, Matthew Ahman, Floyd B. McKissick (1922 - 1991), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968), Reverend Eugene Carson Blake (1906 - 1985), Cleveland Robinson (1914 - 1995), and Rabbi Joachim Prinz (1902 - 1988) (in sunglasses). The march provided the setting for Dr. King's iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech. (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
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View of some of the leaders of March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom as they march with signs, Washington DC, Aug. 28, 1963. John Lewis is in the front row, far left.

Lewis' family is urging well wishers to host at-home "John Lewis Virtual Love Events" to watch the ceremony, tie blue or purple ribbons to their front doors or yards to honor his life, and post virtual tributes to Lewis online.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming events commemorating Lewis, provided by his family:

"The Boy from Troy" — Saturday in Troy, Alabama, and Selma, Alabama

A Service Celebrating "The Boy from Troy"

Trojan Arena, Troy University

10 to 11 a.m. CT

Open to the public as space permits. The family is asking attendees to wear face and mouth coverings.

Congressman Lewis Lies in Repose

Trojan Arena, Troy University

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT

Open to the public. The family is asking attendees to wear face and mouth coverings.

Selma Salutes Congressman John Lewis

Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church

6 to 8 p.m. CT

Congressman Lewis Lies in Repose

Brown Chapel A.ME. Church

8 to 11 p.m. CT

Open to the public. The family is asking attendees to wear face and mouth coverings.

"#Good Trouble: Courage, Sacrifice & the Long March for Freedom" — Sunday in Selma, Alabama, and Montgomery, Alabama

The Final Crossing

Edmund Pettus Bridge

10 a.m. CT

The public is invited to view the processional as it travels from Brown Chapel to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The family is asking attendees to wear face and mouth coverings.

Receiving Ceremony

Front Entrance Hall, Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery

2 p.m. CT

Congressman Lewis Lies in State

Alabama State Capitol

3 to 7 p.m. CT

Open to the public. The family kindly is asking attendees to wear face and mouth coverings.

"The Conscience of the Congress" — Monday and Tuesday in Washington, DC

Special Ceremony Proceeding the Lying in State

Rotunda, United States Capitol

2 to 3 p.m.

Congressman Lewis Lies in State

United States Capitol

3 to 10 p.m.

Open to the public. The family kindly is asking attendees to wear face and mouth coverings.

Lying in State

United States Capitol

Tuesday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The family is asking attendees to wear face and mouth coverings.

"Atlanta's Servant Leader" — Wednesday in Atlanta

Special Ceremony Proceeding the Lying in State

Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

2 to 3 p.m.

Congress Lewis Lies in State

Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

3 to 7 p.m.

8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Open to the public. The family is asking attendees to wear face and mouth coverings.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Omega Service

Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

7 to 8 p.m.

"A Lifetime of Service" — Thursday in Atlanta

A Celebration of Life

Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary

11 a.m.

Internment

South-View Cemetery