The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s career was marked by firsts and today she does it one more time becoming the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
She is the first woman and the first Jewish American to have that distinction.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi welcomed the invited guests. Opera singer Denyce Graves, a friend of the late justice, sang during the ceremony. Justice Ginsburg was a known opera lover.
Justice Ginsburg’s Rabbi paying tribute as her family, members of Congress, and Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden watched on.
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt reflected on the power of Justice Ginsburg’s dissents, saying they are a blueprint for the future. “Today she makes history again as the first woman and first Jewish woman to lie in state. Today we stand in sorrow and tomorrow, we the people, must continue Justice Ginsburg’s legacy. Even as our hearts are breaking we must rise with her strength and move forward.”
Mourners then passing by the casket, including the trainer who famously kept Ginsburg in shape as she battled metastatic pancreatic cancer dropping for three push ups.