HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii residents will bid a final goodbye to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye on Sunday.
Services are scheduled at Honolulu’s National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, a strikingly beautiful site located in an extinct volcano and serving as the final resting place to thousands of World War II veterans, including more than 400 members of the storied Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, of which Inouye was a part. Inouye’s first wife, Margaret, is also laid to rest at the site.
Inouye died last Monday of respiratory complications at the age of 88. He was the first Japanese-American elected to both houses of Congress and the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, at 50 years. He was revered in Hawaii for his ability to bring federal aid and resources home, to help build up this still-young state.
The past week has been marked by tributes and honors for Inouye, with Senate colleagues from both parties, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton among those offering warm remembrances. Services for Inouye were held both in Washington and in Hawaii. He lay in state at both the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday and the Hawaii state Capitol on Saturday.
A public memorial is planned for Friday on Kauai.
Up to 1,000 people were expected at Sunday’s service, including members of Congress, with speeches by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Daniel Akaka planned. Akaka, D-Hawaii, served alongside Inouye as a member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation for 36 years, 22 of those in the Senate.
A military jet fly-over and a 19-gun cannon salute are also planned.
Nadine Siak, a public affairs specialist at the cemetery, said Sunday’s service will be a memorial with plans for a private burial by the family later.
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