WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turned the first woman and first Jewish individual ever to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol as she was honored on Friday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and his spouse, Jill Biden, are amongst these paying their respects. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Biden’s vice presidential nominee, additionally plans to cease by on Friday.
Lawmakers are holding a proper ceremony for Ginsburg in National Statuary Hall inside the Capitol after her casket arrived on the plaza outdoors simply after 9:45 a.m.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is collaborating in the arrival ceremony, which features a reflection by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, a rabbi at the conservative D.C., synagogue Adas Israel who recited prayers throughout the ceremony inside the Supreme Court on Wednesday. There are additionally two musical picks by American operatic soprano Denyce Graves, who will probably be accompanied by pianist Laura Ward.
Pelosi’s workplace mentioned earlier this week that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony is open to invited visitors solely.
A proper departure ceremony will start as Ginsburg’s casket leaves the Capitol round 12:30 p.m.
Ginsburg is the first woman and first Jewish individual to ever lie in state at the Capitol, in accordance to historic information. The civil rights activist Rosa Parks was the first woman to lie in honor, which is the designation for non-office-holding residents and former workplace holders.
According to the Architect of the Capitol, Ginsburg is simply the second Supreme Court justice to lie in state at the Capitol. The different one was William Howard Taft, who was not solely the chief justice but additionally a former president.
Ginsburg died last Friday at the age of 87 at her residence in Washington, D.C., after problems from pancreatic most cancers. She was the second woman justice on the excessive court docket and served for greater than 27 years.
She lay in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday the place mourners spanning a number of generations gathered to have a good time the feminist icon. President Donald Trump and first girl Melania Trump visited the casket on the prime of the Supreme Court’s entrance steps Thursday, the place he was booed and greeted by chants of “vote him out.”
A non-public interment service will probably be held for Ginsburg at Arlington National Cemetery subsequent week.