Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state at US Capitol

By Melissa Macaya and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 3:58 p.m. ET, September 25, 2020
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11:36 a.m. ET, September 25, 2020

Justice Ginsburg will be honored at the US Capitol today. Here's a look at the schedule.

The U.S. Capitol is seen prior to the arrival of the flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on September 25 in Washington, DC.
The U.S. Capitol is seen prior to the arrival of the flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on September 25 in Washington, DC. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the US Capitol today.

Here is an outline of today's events to honor her:

  • The casket will arrive on the Capitol Plaza at 9:30 a.m. ET
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will participate in a formal arrival ceremony for Ginsburg at 10:00 a.m. ET in National Statuary Hall. 
  • The ceremony in Statuary Hall will include a welcome by Pelosi, a reflection by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and two musical selections by American operatic soprano Denyce Graves, accompanied by pianist Laura Ward.
  • A departure ceremony photo opportunity will take place on the East Center steps at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET, where Pelosi will be joined by bipartisan women members of the House and Senate to pay their respects to the justice.

A private interment will be held next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

9:08 a.m. ET, September 25, 2020

Nearly 1,000 people sent CNN notes on what RBG meant to them. Read some of them here.

From CNN's David Williams

When Kalina Newman heard that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died last Friday night, she and her boyfriend immediately left the restaurant where they were having dinner, bought some flowers and went to the US Supreme Court to join the crowd of people honoring the 87-year-old associate justice.

"As soon as I saw the candles and felt how peaceful it was, I began to cry," Newman told CNN.

Ginsburg, who embraced the nickname "The Notorious RBG" late in life, became a role model to generations because of her sharp wit, her legal knowledge and her fierce dissents.

CNN asked people to share what Ginsburg meant to them and tributes have come in from all over the world.

Many saw her as a real-life super hero — complete with her own action figures — who stood up for the rights of women, minorities and the LGBTQ+ community.

Some said they didn't agree with the liberal justice's positions, but admired her for maintaining a long friendship with late Justice Antonin Scalia, despite their ideological difference.

Read some of the stories you shared with us below:

8:59 a.m. ET, September 25, 2020

Pelosi: Ginsburg "embodied justice, brilliance and goodness"

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced earlier this week plans for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lie in state at the US Capitol.

"As an Associate Justice for more than 27 years, Ginsburg was a leading voice for equality on the Court and across the country," the statement announcing the plans read.

Pelosi said the justice "embodied justice, brilliance and goodness."

"Every family in America benefited from her brilliant legacy and courage. Her opinions have unequivocally cemented the precedent that all men and women are created equal," Pelosi added.

 

8:52 a.m. ET, September 25, 2020

Ginsburg will make history as she lies in state at the US Capitol today

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the US Capitol when her casket is placed in National Statuary Hall today, according to congressional historians.

The historic event, which was announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this week, will feature a formal ceremony for invited guests only because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lying in state is a tribute reserved for the most distinguished government officials and military officers, while lying in honor is a distinction given to private citizens.