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In a rare honor, Inouye to lie in state at U.S. Capitol

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:15 p.m. HST, Dec 18, 2012

Memorial services for U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye are scheduled to begin Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Inouye will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, Peter Boylan, Inouye's spokesman confirmed in an email message. 

Arrival is scheduled for 10 a.m. with a ceremony and visitation from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Services are scheduled at the National Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. 

The governor’s spokeswoman, Louise Kim McCoy, said Inouye also will lie in state at the Hawaii State Capitol on Saturday, at a time to be determined.

A final memorial service is scheduled 10 a.m. Sunday in Hawaii at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Only 30 people have received the honor of lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda,  including Presidents Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan, according to

Both the House and Senate must approve the honor, according to Roll Call. The last person to be honored in the Rotunda was President Gerald R. Ford in 2007 and the last senator was Claude Pepper, of Florida, in 1989.

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate held a moment of silence for Inouye at the beginning of the session.

Inouye's desk was draped in black cloth with a vase of white roses on top as is Senate tradition when a member dies in office. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said a lei is being flown in from Hawaii and will replace the roses when it arrives.

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