Inouye given rare honor as final tribute in nation's capitol
As Hawaii and the nation continue to mourn the loss of Daniel Inouye, who passed away on Monday at the age of 88, the late senator is being memorialized with honors that are reserved for presidents and eminent historical figures.
On Thursday morning, Inouye's casket was carried into the U.S. Capitol Rotunda ahead of memorial services attended by the senator's family, Vice President Joe Biden and numerous other members of Congress.
Inouye was remembered fondly by those who spoke at the service, including Biden, who talked about the impact Inouye had on himself and his children.
"I never met a man with as much loyalty to his family, to his country, and to his friends," said Biden. "There wasn't one single attribute of Danny's character that I didn't want my own sons to possess."
Biden, who credited Inouye with helping him early in his political career, also discussed the respect that fellow members of Congress had for the late senator.
"Danny gave me confidence. If Danny believed in me, I must be worth something," said Biden. "No one, ever once, doubted he would do what he said he would."
During the service, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke about Inouye's legacy and said farewell to a friend and colleague.
"His last words were, aloha," said Reid. "It is with a heavy heart that we bid aloha to a friend."
As the most senior member of the U.S. Senate and third in line to the presidency, one of the final tributes to Inouye in Washington will be to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda until 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Members from the four branches of the United States military will stand at the four corners of Sen. Inouye's casket for the duration of his time in the Capitol. Inouye, who was also a World War II veteran with the 442nd Regiment Combat Team, will be the 32nd person given that honor in 160 years.
Since 1852, only 31 people have been honored by lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. The tribute has been bestowed upon eleven U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
The following is a list of those who have lain in state:
July 1, 1852
April 19-21, 1865
August 13-14, 1868
March 13, 1874
November 25-26, 1875
James A. Garfield
September 21-23, 1881
John A. Logan
December 30-31, 1886
William McKinley, Jr.
September 17, 1901
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
(re-interment) April 28, 1909
January 20, 1917
Unknown Soldier of World War I
November 9-11, 1921
Warren G. Harding
August 8, 1923
William Howard Taft
March 11, 1930
John Joseph Pershing
July 18-19, 1948
Robert A. Taft
August 2-3, 1953
Unknown Soldiers of World War II and the Korean War
May 28-30, 1958
John F. Kennedy
November 24-25, 1963
April 8-9, 1964
Herbert Clark Hoover
October 23-25, 1964
Dwight D. Eisenhower
March 30-31, 1969
Everett McKinley Dirksen
September 9-10, 1969
J. Edgar Hoover
May 3-4, 1972
Lyndon Baines Johnson
January 24-25, 1973
Hubert H. Humphrey
January 14-15, 1978
Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam Conflict
May 25-28, 1984
Claude Denson Pepper
June 1-2, 1989
Jacob Joseph Chestnut and John Michael Gibson
July 28, 1998, lay in honor
Ronald Wilson Reagan
June 9-11, 2004
October 30-31, 2005, lay in honor
Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
December 30, 2006-January 2, 2007
The schedule of services for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye are as follows:
9:50 a.m. (4:50 HST) Casket arrives at U.S. Capitol Rotunda
10 a.m. (5 a.m. HST) Memorial service with remarks from Congressional Leadership
12:00 – 8:00 p.m. (7 a.m. – 3 p.m. HST) Public viewing, Sen. Inouye's body to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda
9:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. HST) Sen. Inouye's casket escorted to Washington National Cathedral
10:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. HST) Public memorial service at Washington National Cathedral
5 p.m. – midnight (HST) Public viewing, Sen. Inouye's body to lie in state at the State Capitol
10 a.m. (HST) Public memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl
More information from the Capitol can be found here.
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