Senate

Sen. Inouye Lies In State in Rare Honor

Memorialized in Capitol Rotunda

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Scores of members of the U.S. Congress put aside partisan fights on Thursday to gather in solemn tribute to Senator Daniel Inouye, who represented Hawaii in Congress since its statehood and received the rare honor of lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

A highly decorated World War Two veteran who lost an arm in battle, the Democrat who led the powerful Appropriations Committee was remembered as quiet, unassuming and genuine.

"Lord, we're grateful for the excellence that distinguished his significant career, the quiet grace and dignity with which he represented the Aloha State," Senate Chaplain Barry Black prayed as nearly every member of the U.S. Senate and many U.S. representatives gathered around the flag-draped casket.