STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--Joe Paterno's funeral at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the Penn State campus lasted about an hour longer than it was supposed to on Wednesday, but mourners stood in the cold waiting for the procession to wind its way through the campus and downtown State College, carrying Paterno on his final ride through Happy Valley regardless.
Just after 4:00 PM, the procession left the center and passed thousands of mourners, who lined Curtin Road near across the street in from of Pattee-Paterno Library. Here is my video shot near the library just after the procession began.
From there, the procession went east down Curtin, all the way to Beaver Stadium, where Paternoville members watched the former Nittany Lions' coach pass the building that saw Paterno through so many good moments one last time. From there, it turned south on Porter Road, the west down College Avenue, where the blue hearse carried Paterno through a near-silent crowd into one final State College sunset. Paterno's family rode in the same blue buses Paterno's teams take to Beaver Stadium on gamedays and former players and friends followed behind.
It was a powerful scene, one those in these parts won't forget for a long, long time.