As activists and mourners in Ferguson, Missouri prepared for Michael Brown\u0026#039;s funeral on Monday, his father, Michael Brown, Sr., asked the community to suspend its protests for the day to ensure a peaceful procession.\u0022All I want is peace while my son is being laid to rest,\u0022 Brown told the crowd during a rally on Sunday at a St. Louis church. \u0022Can you please, please, take a day of silence so we can lay our son to rest? Please. It’s all I ask.\u0022Michael Brown died on August 9th after Officer Darren Wilson shot the unarmed teenager at least six times. His death, and the Ferguson police department\u0026#039;s subsequent mishandling of the investigation, including withholding Wilson\u0026#039;s name from the public for almost a week, set off weeks of protests in the majority-black community, where residents marched against police brutality and demanded justice for Brown. The St. Louis County police department\u0026#039;s excessive response to the marches, including violent arrests and the use of assault weapons and tear gas on unarmed protesters and reporters, brought international attention to Ferguson and the larger issue of police militarization, culminating with the Missouri Highway Patrol and the National Guard taking over policing in the town and the FBI launching its own separate investigation into Brown\u0026#039;s death.Brown Sr. said he wants the demonstrations to pause for the day of Michael\u0026#039;s funeral. \u0022We need a moment of silence on our son,\u0022 Brown Sr. said. \u0022We need peace on his going-away.\u0022Among those who are expected to attend Brown\u0026#039;s memorial service on Monday are Rev. Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin\u0026#039;s parents and Martin Luther King Jr.\u0026#039;s son and daughter, as well as prominent celebrities such as Snoop Dogg and Sean \u0022P Diddy\u0022 Combs. Other artists, including Killer Mike, Talib Kweli, and St. Louis native Nelly, have also taken part in the protests.Brown\u0026#039;s mother, Lesley McSpadden, told NBC News that the hardest moment for her will be at the end of the funeral, \u0022walking away from that casket.\u0022 She and Brown Sr. visited the funeral home Sunday afternoon for a private moment with their son.\u0022I looked at him. I talked to him. I touched him,\u0022 McSpadden said.\u0022All the way up to this time, it was like a dream,\u0022 said his father. \u0022Seeing him in a casket today made it reality.\u0022Three White House representatives will also be at the funeral, including Broderick Johnson, who heads the Brother’s Keepers Task Force, and Marlon Marshall and Heather Foster of the Office of Public Engagement. Marshall is a St. Louis native who attended high school with Brown’s mother.Brown\u0026#039;s great uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing, will deliver the eulogy. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Ewing remembered a conversation he had with his nephew in which the young man told him, \u0022One day the whole world is going to know my name.\u0022\u0022Isn\u0026#039;t that something?\u0022 Ewing said. \u0022Not knowing that this was going to happen, and that\u0026#039;s what touched me — \u0026#039;the whole world will know my name.\u0026#039;\u0022The funeral is being broadcast live here.