Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In this Oct. 21, 2019, file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gestures while speaking during the inaugural Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture at the University of California at Berkeley, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

According to her wishes, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court said in an announcement following her death Friday at age 87.

It was not immediately clear when the burial will take place, but the court's website states that a "private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery" following two days of memorial services expected this week at the Supreme Court building.

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The court said that Ginsburg, a feminist icon who championed gender equality, died of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg was not a veteran, but under the strict Arlington rules for interment, Supreme Court justices are eligible to choose Arlington as their resting place.

Thirteen other Supreme Court justices are buried at Arlington, including former Chief Justices Earl Warren, William Rehnquist, William Howard Taft and Warren Burger.

Ginsburg is expected to be buried at Arlington alongside her late husband, Martin Ginsburg, a tax lawyer and Army veteran who died of cancer in 2010.

Arlington has begun reopening to the public in recent weeks, following a long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Face masks and social distancing are required, and the most visited sites, including the gravesite of former President John F. Kennedy, are still off limits.

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