Inouye to Lie in State; Flags Flown at Half-Staff

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Sen. Daniel Inouye recently visited Kalaupapa and spent time in St. Philomena Catholic Church in Kalawao.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), who passed away on Monday at age 88, will lie in state on Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda, where his many friends and colleagues can pay tribute to his extraordinary life.

His casket will arrive at the Capitol at 10 a.m. for public viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. This honor has been extended to former presidents and prominent members of Congress, including Presidents Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

A funeral will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Inouye will then be flown to Honolulu, where he will lie in state at the State Capitol on Saturday and the final memorial service will be held on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

A memorial fund has been established at the Hawaii Community Foundation to honor the his memory, and to support organizations and causes the senator has supported over the years. Contributions may be made to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund, Hawaii Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 or online at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.

The Inouye family has requested that contributions to the memorial be made in lieu of flowers.

At the beginning of the U.S. Senate’s session on Tuesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called for a moment of silence. Inouye’s desk was covered with a black cloth and a vase of white roses; Reid said the flowers would be replaced by a lei being flown in from Hawaii.

At the White House, President Obama issued the following proclamation: “As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, president pro tempore of the Senate, I hereby order … that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the federal government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset on the day of his interment.

“I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

Sen. Daniel Inouye and his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at a Washington, D.C. reception celebrating the start of Sen. Inouye’s ninth term.

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