Inouye Memorialized As a ‘Giant’ and a ‘Shining Star’

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The late Hawaiian U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye was remembered Sunday as a giant and a shining star of the so-called greatest generation.

Inouye was memorialized at a military service in his native Honolulu. President Barack Obama and about 20 members of Congress attended the service. The late senator was honored with a 19-gun salute and a military jet flyover.

Thousands of people filed past his casket as it lay in the state capitol Saturday. Inouye will be buried in a private ceremony.

Inouye was the highest-ranking U.S. senator when he died last week at 88. He was a war hero, 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.