Pres. Obama to attend Hawaii memorial service for Inouye
(CNN) — President Obama will attend the final memorial service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii on Sunday, the White House announced.
The service will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Among those buried there are 32 Medal of Honor recipients and at least one former senator.
Obama is in Hawaii for a short Christmas holiday.
Inouye died Monday at age 88 of respiratory complications. He was the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history and had represented Hawaii in Washington every year since it became a state.
The president spoke at Inouye’s memorial service at the National Cathedral on Friday, remembering the long-time senator as his own “earliest political inspiration” as a child in Hawaii.
“We remember a man who inspired all of us with his courage and moved us with his compassion, that inspired us with his integrity and who taught so many of us, including a young boy growing up in Hawaii, that America has a place for everyone,” Obama said.
Inouye laid in state in the Capitol on Thursday.
His fellow Hawaii lawmaker, Sen. Daniel Akaka, spoke on Inouye’s legacy earlier in the week.
“Tomorrow will be the first day since Hawaii became a state in 1959 that Dan Inouye will not be representing us in Congress,” he said. “Every child born in Hawaii will learn of Dan Inouye, a man who changed the islands forever.”