Ruth Bader Ginsburg buried in private ceremony after 3 days of public memorials – National

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was buried in a private ceremony Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery, buried alongside her husband and some of his former court colleagues.Last week, Washington honored Ginsburg, 87, who died on September 18, with two days where the public was able to view her casket at the top of the steps of the Supreme Court and pay their respects. The women’s rights pioneer and second woman to join the High Court was on Friday at the United States Capitol, the first woman to do so.

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Already, the capital is eagerly awaiting confirmation hearings scheduled to begin Oct. 12 for Amy Coney Barrett, whom President Donald Trump announced on Saturday as a candidate for the Ginsburg seat. Barrett was meeting with senators on Tuesday.

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Arlington, just over the Potomac River from Washington, is best known as the resting place for approximately 400,000 service members, veterans, and their families. But Ginsburg is the 14th judge to be buried in the cemetery.








Ruth Bader Ginsburg rests at the United States Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg rests at the United States Supreme Court

Ginsburg’s husband Martin Ginsburg was buried in Arlington in 2010 after his death from cancer. He had served in the military as an instructor at an artillery school in Fort Sill, Oklahoma when the couple were married. The couple had been married for 56 years and had two children. Justice had kept the flag folded and framed from her husband’s coffin in his office at court.

While the cemetery is known for its rows of white gravestones, the section where the Ginsburgs are buried, called Section 5, is an older section of the cemetery where family-chosen markers are allowed and their gravestone is black, with a Star of David at the top.

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Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement that according to the justice family, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt – who spoke at ceremonies last week for justice at the Supreme Court and at the US Capitol – officiated at Tuesday’s funeral and offered traditional Jewish prayers. There were no formal remarks. Ginsburg’s family, close friends, judges and staff were in attendance, Arberg said. Ginsburg was an opera lover and the ceremony ended with recordings of two arias by Giacomo Puccini sung by Leontyne Price.

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Ginsburg’s grave is just below the final resting place of former President John F. Kennedy. The Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument are in the distance. Nine other judges are buried in this section, including three with whom Ginsburg served.

Other judges buried at the cemetery include President William Howard Taft, who served as chief justice after he was president, and Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights champion who argued in the landmark school desegregation case Brown against the Board of Education and became the court’s first black judge. when he joined the bench in 1967. Harry Blackmun, the author of the Roe v. Wade from 1973 establishing a woman’s right to abortion, is buried next to Marshall in section 5.

The last judge to be buried in the cemetery was retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died in 2019 at the age of 99. In addition to Stevens, the other judges Ginsburg served with and who are buried at the cemetery are Blackmun and the Chief Justice. William Rehnquist.

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