Memorial service for Inouye begins in Hawaii

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Pallbearers carry the casket of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye into the courtyard of the Hawaii state Capitol during a visitation ceremony in Honolulu on, Saturday Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and other dignitaries are attending a memorial service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

A 19-gun cannon salute was fired as Inouye's coffin arrived for the Sunday morning service.

Several senators and cabinet secretaries are also at Honolulu's National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

The site serves as the final resting place to thousands of World War II veterans, including more than 400 members of the storied Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, of which Inouye was a part.

The 88-year-old Inouye died of respiratory complications last Monday. He was the first Japanese-American elected to both houses of Congress and the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history.

The past week has been marked by tributes and honors for Inouye, with services held in Washington and in Hawaii.