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Americans Pay Tribute to Hawaii's Daniel Inouye

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U.S. President Barack Obama and other dignitaries will bid farewell to the late Senator Daniel Inouye at a memorial service on Friday.

The distinguished lawmaker from Hawaii, who was third in line for the presidency, died Monday from respiratory complications. He was 88.

After Friday's service at Washington National Cathedral (10:30 a.m. Eastern; 15:30 UTC), Inouye's remains will be flown to Hawaii.

On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to his former Senate colleague at the U.S. Capitol, where Inouye's body has been lying in state for public viewing.

Inouye, a Democrat, had served in Congress since Hawaii became a state in 1959. He was the first Japanese-American elected to Congress. He entered as a representative in 1959 and was reelected in 1960. He was first elected to the Senate in 1962. He chaired the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

The former lawmaker was a decorated World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient. He lost his right arm in battle in Italy.

On Monday, Obama said Monday the country has "lost a true American hero."