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Washington saying goodbye to Inouye at memorial

5:19 AM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
Sen. Daniel Inouye was 88.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Admirers will bid farewell to Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye at a memorial service before a final trip home to his native Hawaii.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be among those offering tributes during Fridday's ceremony at Washington National Cathedral, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Biden also spoke at a ceremony Thursday at the Capitol, where Inouye was given an honored resting place: beneath the dome.

Inouye died Monday of respiratory complications. He was 88.

He became Hawaii's first congressman in 1959 following statehood and was elected to the Senate in 1962. He also was the first Japanese-American elected to both houses of Congress.

Inouye's body is to be returned to Hawaii on Saturday.

Associated Press

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