Final funeral held Thursday for John Dingell in D.C.

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WASHINGTON (WILX) -- A funeral mass was held Thursday for former Rep. John Dingell in Washington, D.C.

You can watch the funeral with the link below.

Dingell, 92, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, died last week.

The service for the late Michigan congressman was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the nation's capital at 10:30 a.m.

U.S. Representative Fred Upton, a Republican from West Michigan opened the speeches at the funeral.

U.S. Representative John Lewis (D) spoke second. He said, "today we mourn the passing of a giant."

Representative John Boehner, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was next. All told kind anecdotes about Dingell from his love of his job, his personality, his toughness and kindness.

U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D) reminded everyone of how big John Dingell was in Congress. He said that Dingell was known by "Big John," and he was a larger than life figure. He called him "master of the house," and told us how Dingell would say, "You may have the votes but I have the gavel."

Former President Bill Clinton spoke next at the service and began by commenting on how moving the service had been so far.

He told a couple of stories of personal experiences with John Dingell. "I've been in a duck blind so cold, ducks didn't come out."

He also spoke of John's commitment to Michigan and the United States. And at one point quipped that John Dingell was best friends with Benjamin Franklin.

Before Clinton left the podium he said, "Bye John, you're in a place of a more perfect union where all of God's children know what it means to be free."

A motorcade with Dingell's casket will pass the U.S. Capitol, where he held power for years as a House committee chairman.

He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.