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Vice President Joe Biden stands before the casket of the late Senator Daniel Inouye. Members of the United States Capitol Police stand guard as Senator Inouye lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. There, his colleagues and members of the public will pay their respects to the Senate’s second-longest serving member. The Democrat from Hawaii was a Medal of Honor recipient for valor in World War II. He died Monday from respiratory ailments at age 88. Lying in state is an honor typically reserved for presidents, bestowed only 31 times since the 1800s. According to tradition, Inouye's casket sat underneath the Capitol dome, atop the Lincoln catafalque, the platform built in 1865 to support Abraham Lincoln's casket when that president's body lay in state. (Photo by Jeff Malet)

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