The flag is draped over the casket of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol where he will lie in state December 20, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The late Senator had died at the age of 88 on Monday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he had been hospitalized since early December. A public funeral service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday for Senator Inouye, a World War II veteran and the second-longest serving senator in history. His remains will be returned and laid to rest in his home state.
Flanked by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) and Senate President Pro Tempe Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol March 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Gillard emphasized the long and strong bond between her country and the United States.