ISRAEL - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was laid to rest Monday. A funeral procession for Sharon made its way to his family farm in the Negev Desert, after official state honors in Israel's parliament building in Jerusalem.
Along the route, the convoy stopped at Latrun Memorial, a heritage site for Israel's armored corps. Sharon is hailed as one of Israel's great war heroes. Sharon was then laid to rest, next to his wife at his farm in southern Israel.
During the burial ceremony, Sharon's sons, Gilad and Omri, paid tribute to their father. Wreaths were later laid down at Sharon's grave by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other dignitaries.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony.
Sharon died on Saturday (January 11), eight years after a stroke left him in a coma. He was 85-years-old.