Ex-Senator Inouye laid to rest

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hawaii, United States (4E) – The late US Sen. Daniel Inouye has been finally laid to rest Sunday with President Barack Obama attending the memorial service.

A day before the memorial service, hundreds gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol for public visitation.

Inouye’s closed casket was covered with an American flag and was escorted in by seven pallbearers along a red carpet to the center of the Capitol courtyard.

The 88-year-old World War II hero and served more than five decades died on Monday.

Aside from Obama there were about 20 other of Inouye’s colleagues who attended the service.

Obama and his family were in Hawaii to spend their annual Christmas holiday.

Inouye was memorialized at a military service in his native Honolulu and the senator was honored with a 19-gun salute and a military jet flyover.

Inouye losing an arm fighting the Nazis in World War II, but faced discrimination at home because of his Japanese ancestry.

He was elected to Congress as a Democrat when Hawaii became a state in 1959 and became a senator three years later.

 

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