Inouye to lie in state in Capitol
December 18th, 2012
07:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Inouye to lie in state in Capitol

Washington (CNN) - The late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who was the second-longest serving member of Senate, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, his office said.

The high honor is one reserved for presidents and other significant civic figures.

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Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient who represented his state in the U.S. House and then the Senate, where he served for five decades. He died Monday evening at age 88 of respiratory complications, his office said.

There will be a ceremony and hours for visitation in the rotunda on Thursday, Inouye's office said.

A service will be held at the National Cathedral on Friday, and his final memorial service will be held on Sunday at Hawaii's National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Among those buried in that cemetery are 32 other Medal of Honor recipients and at least one former senator.

Only 11 people who were serving or had served as U.S. senators have lain in state in the rotunda, according to records from the architect of the Capitol. Three of those had served as president.

– CNN's Ted Barrett and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    If every politician cared as much about the American people as Senator Inouye did our country would be is much better shape. He is a legend of service and honor. Aloha.

    December 18, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. Dan B

    Good, I didn't agree with him, but he was a very respectable man that was a vet and deserves to leave us in honor

    December 18, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Elizabeth Rougas

    I'm annoyed that anchors and, commentators, etc. don't pronounce Sen. Inouye's name correctly. I'm sure a check with his senate office could give them the correct pronunciation. After 50 years in the Senate, I find it mildly insulting.

    December 19, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  4. Marie MD

    RIP. A true war hero and statesman who really cared about the country.

    December 19, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |