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Services for Inouye start today in D.C.

By Star-Advertiser staff

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Associated PressA black-draped bier stood Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye will lie in state today.

Preparations are under way at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl to accommodate the crush of people expected Sunday for the final memorial service for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Because of limited parking and a large number of VIPs expected, the cemetery is working to provide bus transportation for people who would like to attend, cemetery spokeswoman Nadine Siak said.

Details will be provided as they become available, she said.

Sunday's event will be a memorial service, she said. A private burial for Inouye, who died Monday, will take place at a later date.

The official slate of memorial services for Inouye begins today in Washington, D.C.

His body was scheduled to arrive at the U.S. Capitol at 4:50 a.m. Hawaii time. A service was scheduled for 5 a.m. with remarks from congressional leaders, followed by the laying of wreaths.

Inouye's body is to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda today for public viewing from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hawaii time.

On Friday, a public memorial service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral, beginning at 5:30 a.m. Hawaii time.

President Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii, is tentatively scheduled to attend Friday's memorial service, according to a source.

Inouye's body is expected to arrive in Hawaii on Saturday. He will lie in state at the state Capitol from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie's office said.

Sunday's service at Punchbowl is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.






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