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Friday, October 28, 2005Rosa Parks to lay in state at Capitol...
On Sunday, October 30th Rosa Parks becomes the first woman to lie in honor in the vast circular room under the Capitol dome. She is joining the ranks of a select few that have included Henry Clay in 1852. Those honored include Abraham Lincoln, Gen. John Pershing, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey and unknown soldiers from the world wars, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The most recent was President Reagan in June last year.
The House agreed by voice vote Friday that the body of Parks will lie in honor in the Rotunda on Sunday and Monday "so that the citizens of the United States may pay their last respects to this great American." The Senate approved the resolution Thursday night.
Congress has authorized this rite only 29 times. Today I am at peace with my government they did the honorable thing.
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