Biden pays respects to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick as he lies in honor at Rotunda
President Joe Biden paid his respects to slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whose remains were given the rare distinction of lying in honor at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday evening.Sicknick’s cremated remains arrived on the East Front of the Capitol and were placed in the Rotunda overnight to allow his colleagues and lawmakers to honor him.
Biden and first lady Jill Biden held their hands to their hearts and the president made the sign of the cross as they stood near Sicknick’s urn and a folded American flag.
“This flag was flown over the United States Capitol by The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, honoring the distinguished life and service of Officer Brian D. Sicknick. January 7, 2021,” reads a plaque on the frame holding the flag.
Members of Congress will attend the viewing and pay tribute to Sicknick on Wednesday morning, with remarks from Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
“On behalf of the House of Representatives and the Senate, it is our great privilege to pay tribute to Officer Sicknick with this lying-in-honor ceremony,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a previous statement. “May this ceremony and the knowledge that so many mourn with and pray for them be a comfort to Officer Sicknick’s family during this sad time.”
Sicknick, who was 42, died after he defended the Capitol on Jan. 6 against a mob that stormed the building and tried to usurp the electoral count after President Donald Trump urged supporters at a rally to “fight like hell” shortly before lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence convened for a joint session of Congress.