“It is fitting that John Lewis joins this pantheon of patriots, resting upon the same catafalque as President Abraham Lincoln,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at the memorial event, which was marked by speeches, an emotional rendering of “Amazing Grace” and tears. [snip]
Members of the House and Senate — most masked because of the coronavirus pandemic — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and congressional aides quietly streamed past the flag-draped casket, which was moved to the top of the East Front steps Monday evening for the public to pay tribute.
Vice President Pence, a former House colleague of Lewis’s, paid his respects, accompanied by his wife, Karen, as did presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the former vice president and Delaware senator. Biden and his wife, Jill, paused with hands over their hearts and also placed their hands on the casket.
“We knew that he always worked on the side of the angels — and now, we know that he is with them,” she said of Lewis, adding that he always “understood the power of young people to change the future.”