Daniel Inouye

As you all know by now, Hawaii Senator and President pro tempore Daniel Inouye passed away on December 17 at the age of 88. He is currently lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda (coverage here). Senator Inouye was a World War II veteran and received the Medal of Honor for his service. A friend sent me a brief video of Senator Inouye recounting the battle that left him severely injured.

In an age when national notoriety is lavished on individuals for the trivial, it is useful to remember that there are genuine heroes.  In the case of Senator Inouye, his sacrifice in World War II was followed by more than half a century of public service.

Daniel Inouye, RIP

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