Mourners Paying Their Respects to Justice Antonin Scalia

Posted: February 19, 2016 in Events, Historic Figures
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On my daily lunchtime bike ride today I rode to the U.S. Supreme Court Building to pay my respects to Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last week after serving on the high court for thirty years.  His body is lying in repose today in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, and it is open to the public.  Unfortunately for me, the line of people waiting to file by and pay their respects to Justice Scalia was prohibitive for someone who had only their lunch hour before having to go back to work. As depicted in the video which was taken at about 9:30am, a little over an hour before the scheduled time for the public, the line stretched from the doors out to the street, around the corner, and for almost another city block.  By the time the people at the beginning of the line entered the building at 10:30am, the line had grown considerably, and continued around another corner and down another city block.  At various times during the day it took over two and a half hours to get through the line.  And at 8:00pm, the end of the scheduled hours, they stayed open to accommodate the large number of people still in line waiting to pay their respects.  In and of itself, the line of people would seem to serve as a testament to the respect so many people had for the man, and his service to this country.

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