North Korea Funeral Ceremonies Begin for Kim Jong-Il

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(FILES) This undated file picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on September 13, 2009 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (L) inspecting the Combined Unit 597 of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Navy and its combined maneouvers at an undisclosed location.  North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il on September 18, 2009 told a Chinese envoy that he was willing to engage in bilateral and multilateral talks on his country's controversial nuclear programme, Chinese state media said. AFP PHOTO/KCNA via KNS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: KNS/2009 AFP

A ceremony for fallen leader Kim Jong-Il began recently at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace and will continue as Kim's body travels in a hearse through the streets of Pyongyang on Wednesday. According to Russia's Itar-Tass, a farewell ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 29, at noon local time. "On Thursday, a national memorial service will feature an artillery salute to be followed by a three-minute silence at noon and trains and ships sounding their horns in unison," adds the Guardian. Invitations to all foreign delegations got lost in the mail.