Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the second-longest-serving senator in history, lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Dec. 20, 2012.© AP
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the second-longest-serving senator in historical past, lies in state within the Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Dec. 20, 2012.

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain will lie in state on the U.S. Capitol, a uncommon honor bestowed on solely 31 folks in 166 years.

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell introduced the choice of congressional leaders from each events Sunday, calling McCain “an ideal American patriot, a statesman who put his nation first and enriched this establishment by way of a few years of service.”

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McCain died Saturday night after a year-long battle with mind most cancers. He was 81.

No dates have been introduced for the ceremony on the U.S. Capitol, and McConnell stated particulars could be offered within the close to future. The McCain household is planning funeral preparations, to incorporate a full-dress service at Washington Nationwide Cathedral and burial within the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md.

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The final particular person to lie in state on the Capitol was Sen. Daniel Inouye, president professional tem of the Senate, who died in workplace in December 2012. Others have included 11 U.S. presidents courting again to Abraham Lincoln; two vice presidents; six different members of Congress; three army leaders, and the unknown troopers from World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Conflict. 

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The Rev. Billy Graham earlier this 12 months turned one among 4 individuals who have lain in honor on the Capitol, which is totally different from mendacity in state. Additionally included in that checklist have been civil rights chief Rosa Parks and two Capitol law enforcement officials killed on obligation.

Full checklist: Mendacity in State or in Honor

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