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Flags at half-staff, services for Inouye

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

In remembrance of Sen. Daniel Inouye, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered Hawaii flags at state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard are to be flown at half-staff alongside the U.S. flag until sunset on the day of his interment, as order by President Barack Obama.

Obama made the Presidential Proclamation ordering the U.S. flag at half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Inouye, President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate.

The Presidential Proclamation:


Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have announced details for services honoring the late Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI).

On Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, Inouye will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Senator Inouye will arrive at the U.S. Capitol at 9:50 a.m. EST. Following his arrival, a service will be held in the Rotunda beginning at 10 a.m. with remarks from Congressional Leadership preceding the laying of wreaths.

Following the service, there will be a viewing noon-8 p.m. in the Rotunda. This viewing will be open to all members of the public.

The casket will be guarded at each of its corners by servicemen from each of the branches of the armed forces for its duration at the Capitol.

Previously, 32 people have lain in state in the Rotunda, including Presidents Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

The last person to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda was President Gerald Ford in 2007.

On Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. EST, Inouye will depart the Rotunda and be escorted to the Washington National Cathedral, where a public memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m.

Inouye will return home to Hawaii on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at noon EST and arrive in the state just prior to 8 p.m. Hawaii time.

On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, a final public service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at 10 a.m.

The Medal of Honor recipient and 50-year veteran of the Senate died Monday of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.

Inouye was the second longest serving senator and was president pro tempore of the Senate, third in the line presidential succession.

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