It was a poetic moment for the Senate.

Senator Robert Byrd’s flag-draped casket  was carried into the chamber where he had fiercely protected Senate tradition, rule, and decorum during more than half -a-century of pressing for the needs of his constituents in West Virginia.

His body lay in repose on the Senate floor in front of the wooden desks where he helped shape U.S. history and displayed his oratory skills.

The last time such an honor was bestowed was in 1959, the year that Byrd joined the Senate.

When he died at age 92, the Democrat also made history as the longest-serving member of Congress.


Photo credit:  Reuters/pool (Byrd’s body lies in repose in Senate chamber), Reuters/Jim Young (Byrd’s casket carried unp the steps of Capitol)