Originally from Massachusetts, Mcintyre said she regretted not being apart of Senator Ted Kennedy's funeral and did not want to miss out on Byrd's. Politicians such as Byrd and Kennedy are in short supply, she said.
"I sent him an e-mail notification about some environmental issue and the guy sent a letter back. Now that's a human touch," Mcintyre said.
One man draped himself in the West Virginia flag said he was proud to walk behind Byrd's coffin. William Hunter 42, from South Charleston said he has never known a life without Byrd.
Like Byrd, Hunter said, he was an American second and a West Virginian first.
Some took time to reflect on Byrd's political history, including his recent opposition to the Iraq War.
Mary Ellen O'Farrell, a member of the anti-war group Patriots for Peace who had a son serving in Baghdad, said Byrd was a great man for defending what he believed in.
"I would thank him for the courage and the foresight he has shown. He will be remembered as a great and wise man," she said.
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