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Inouye Memorialized as a 'Giant' and 'Shining Star'

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama look on from left as Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, is given the flag that was draped over her husband's casket during a memorial service at the National Memorial Cemete

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama look on from left as Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, is given the flag that was draped over her husband's casket during a memorial service at the National Memorial Cemete

The late Hawaiian U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye was remembered Sunday as a giant and a shining star of the so-called greatest (World War II) generation.

Inouye was memorialized at a military service in his native Honolulu. President Barack Obama and about 20 members of Congress attended the service. The late senator was honored with a 19-gun salute and a military jet flyover.

Thousands of people filed past his casket as it lay in the state capitol Saturday. Inouye will be buried in a private ceremony.

Inouye was the highest-ranking U.S. senator when he died last week at 88. He was a war hero, losing an arm fighting the Nazis in World War II, but faced discrimination at home because of his Japanese ancestry.

He was elected to Congress as a Democrat when Hawaii became a state in 1959 and became a senator three years later.
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