In a quirk of timing, the two-time former defense secretary’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday seemed to serve as a kind of coda to America’s 20-year lost war.
In a show of solidarity with former leaders, President Joe Biden paid his respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Plans for a commemoration and services have yet to be made final, but large crowds are expected to pay their respects for a justice who became a feminist icon and liberal hero.
Removing statues that glorify the Confederacy from public spaces is one thing. Our history is another.
At beaches, seaside arcades and other attractions, many people hoped to turn the page from the past few months. But neither the weather nor the pandemic made that easy.
My partner, Diego Pongo, was killed in Iraq in March. More than two months later, the pandemic has paused everything, including his funeral.