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Obama will attend Inouye's Punchbowl service

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser

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LAST UPDATED: 11:22 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2012


White House officials say President Barack Obama will attend a weekend funeral for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye in Honolulu.

Officials say Obama does not plan to speak at the Sunday ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Inouye died on Monday and services were held in Washington on Thursday and Friday. Obama spoke at a funeral for Inouye Friday at the National Cathedral, saying Inouye was an early inspiration to show him the possibilities in life.

About 20 members of Congress are expected to attend the funeral on Sunday.

Inouye was 88. He fought in World War II and the first Japanese-American elected to the U.S. Senate.

Heightened security measures for the memorial service will require all members of the public to undergo security screening at the Alapai Transit Center and ride buses provided there.

The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Punchbowl officials announced Friday that there will be only one way for the public to enter the cemetery Sunday, using bus service from the Alapai Transit Center. Handi-Vans will be available for people who have limited mobility.

People in private vehicles and walk-ins will not be allowed into Punchbowl Sunday, and there will be no shuttle service from schools or other locations.

Buses will begin departing at 7 a.m. from the Alapai Transit Center, at the corner of King and Alapai streets. People may park at the Alapai Transit Center or the Honolulu Civic Center.






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