2 Stunning Photos of Senator Daniel Inouye's Casket Lying in State

By David A. Graham

The late Hawaii legislator and World War II hero is accorded a rare honor.

Senator Daniel Inouye, who died Monday at the age of 88, is lying in state today in the Capitol Rotunda. That's an exceptionally high honor for the longtime Hawaii senator and World War II hero -- only 11 former senators have lain in state in the Rotunda, and three of them were also presidents, according to CNN. (Lying in repose, a prestigious but lesser honor, is more common.)

Here are two great pictures from the memorial, at which Vice President Biden eulogized Inouye. Click on either one to view it at a larger size.

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Read an obituary for Inouye, including the astounding World War II heroics that earned him a Medal of Honor and his distinguished tenure in the Senate, here, and read a remembrance from James Fallows here. Below is a series of images from his life:

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