Funeral services set for Sen. Inouye
Funeral services for the late Sen. Inouye have been set.
They begin with Sen. Inouye "lying in state" at the Capitol rotunda on Thursday at 10 a.m. EST with visitations from 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST. To "lie in state" means a coffin will placed on view to allow the public at large to pay their respects to the deceased.
A similar "lying in state" will also take place in the Hawaii State Capitol building on Saturday Dec. 22 from 5 p.m to midnight.
The first funeral service will be at the National Cathedral Friday at 10:30 a.m. EST with a final memorial service in Hawaii at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl at 10 a.m. HST Sunday.
Tuesday in the Senate, one day after his passing, Sen. Inouye's desk in the US Senate was draped in a black cloth, Hawaiian ceremonial kukui nut beads and adorned with a vase full of white roses in tribute.
The day started with a moment of silence for the Senator and the Senate Chaplain Barry Black prayed for the "beauty of his well lived life."
That life was one that Senator after Senator took to the Senate floor today to speak about, monopolizing almost all of the floor time today with shared stories, from the serious to the lighthearted, of the late Senator.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL., spoke about how the Senator never seemed to break a sweat, literally. When others at an extremely hot outside event were dripping in sweat Inouye was cool as a cucumber, Durbin recalled.
"He says, you know, 'the Asian religions are very important in my life, and they believe that mind over matter can achieve great things, and can I visualize myself sitting in a deep freeze now. I'm not hot at all.' I thought this man is amazing in so many different ways what he has done with his life."
Many described the late Senator as "humble" some noting that he didn't even hang pictures of himself nor his accomplishments over the years in his Senate office - a rarity among Senate personalities and egos.
"He was exactly the opposite of all the caricature pictures people have of congress today, and particularly about the rabid partisanship and personal incivility," Sen. Lieberman, I-Conn., said, "Dan was a great gentleman, and the most civil of people, the kindest and most decent of people."
Senate Minority Leader McConnell, R-KY., said he was "never drawn to fanfare," which always made him a "different kind of Senator."
"Dan's quiet demeanor and strict adherence to an older code of honor and professionalism made him a stranger to controversy throughout his many decades in public office," McConnell said, "He was the kind of man, the kind of public servant, in other words, that America has always been grateful to have. Especially in her darkest hours, men who lead by example and expect nothing in return."
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah., praised Inouye's career before he even came to Congress, calling his military service, "the stuff of legend here in the Senate and throughout the country."
"While he and I often found ourselves on different sides when it came to issues, I always knew him to be a man of principle and decency," Hatch said, "and I never doubted his commitment to the people of his state and to doing what he believed was right."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., recalled that yesterday Inouye's last word was 'aloha," meaning hello, goodbye and I love you.
"It's with a heavy heart that those of us who love Senator Inouye say aloha to a great man, a legend of the senate and his final dying word, Mr. president, was 'aloha.' it didn't mean goodbye. It meant "I love you." And Senator Inouye, I love you."
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