Thousands expected to attend Scalia funeral
WASHINGTON — Thousands of people are expected to attend Saturday’s funeral in Washington for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Mass is being held at the nation’s largest Roman Catholic church, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It can hold at least 3,500 people.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will attend the service.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to Scalia at the Supreme Court on Friday. Scalia’s flag-draped casket rested on a funeral bier first used after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
One of Scalia’s nine children, the Rev. Paul Scalia, is set to lead the Mass.
The funeral is open to the public, but the burial is private. The location of where Scalia will be laid to rest has not been disclosed.
Scalia died of natural causes last weekend, while on a hunting trip in Texas. He was 79.