Daniel Inouye to lie in state at U.S. Capitol

December 18, 2012

(AP)

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, House and Senate leaders announced Tuesday. Inouye, 88, a decorated World War II veteran and the second-longest serving senator in history, died Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

Inouye’s casket will arrive at the Capitol at 10 a.m. Thursday for public viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., aides said. A funeral will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the National Cathedral in Washington, and a memorial service is planned for Sunday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.

The last lawmaker given honors at the U.S. Capitol was Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.), who lay in repose in the Senate chamber after his death in 2010. But Byrd did not lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, an honor afforded to only 31 individuals in U.S. history, including Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley Jr., William Howard Taft, unknown soldiers from World War I and World War II, John F. Kenney, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Everett Dirksen, J. Edgar Hoover, Hubert H. Humphrey, Ronald Reagan, Jacob Joseph Chestnut and John Michael Gibson — the U.S. Capitol Police officers shot and killed at the Capitol in 1998 — and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

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