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Justice Ginsburg laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, in private ceremony



ARLINGTON — On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was buried in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. She was laid to rest next to her husband and within eyeshot of some of her former colleagues on the court.

The capital last week paid tribute Ginsburg, who passed Sept. 18, with two viewings of her casket at the top of the Supreme Court’s steps. Then, on Friday the women’s rights trailblazer lay in state at the U.S. Capitol, the first woman ever to do so.

Washington is already looking ahead to confirmation hearings, expected to begin Oct. 12 for Justice Ginsburg’s replacement. President Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for Ginsburg’s seat on Saturday. Barrett met with senators Tuesday.

Arlington lay just across the Potomac River from Washington and is known as the resting place of nearly half a million service members, veterans, and family members. Ginsburg is only the 14th justice to be buried at Arlington.

Ginsburg’s husband Martin was buried at Arlington in 2010 after passing from cancer. He had served in the Army at Fort Sill in Oklahoma when the couple was first married. The Ginsburgs were married 56 years and had two children. The Justice had kept the framed and folded flag from her husband’s casket in her office at the court.


While the cemetery is known for its rows of white headstones, the section where the Ginsburgs are buried is an older part of the cemetery where markers chosen by families are allowed. The Justice’s headstone is black, with a Star of David at the top.

Other justices buried at the cemetery include President William Howard Taft and Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights champion who argued the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case and became the court’s first black justice when he joined the bench in 1967. Harry Blackmun, the author of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a woman’s right to an abortion, is buried next to Marshall in Section 5.

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