Officer Brian Sicknick’s grief-stricken parents looked on as their son’s ashes were carried out of the Capitol to be taken to his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday.
Dozens of Capitol Police officers saluted their slain colleague as an honor guard descended the steps on the East Front of the Capitol with a wooden urn holding Sicknick’s remains and placed it in a hearse.
The emotional procession took place following a Congressional memorial ceremony as Sicknick’s remains laid in honor inside the Rotunda at the Capitol – the same building where he was killed while defending the seat of American democracy from attack by a mob of MAGA rioters on January 6.
The solemn ceremony was attended by Sicknick’s parents Charles and Gladys, his Capitol Police colleagues and members of Congress including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Schumer delivered remarks, telling of how he met with Sicknick’s family and condemning the violence that led to the officer’s death, calling him a peacemaker who was ‘caught in the wrong place at the wrong time on a day peace was shattered’.
A choir from the Air Force, in which Sicknick served, sang America the Beautiful before Pelosi took the podium, heralding Sicknick’s heroism and service to his country.
Earlier in the day Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff passed through the Rotunda to pay their respects. The couple placed their hands over their hearts and took a moment of silence before touching the wooden urn with Sicknick’s ashes.
The officer died January 7 after he was reportedly struck over the head with a fire extinguisher during the violent insurrection on the Capitol the day before. A federal murder investigation was launched following his death but, almost one month on, no arrests have been made.
Joe and Jill Biden paid their respects to Sicknick on Tuesday night after a his urn was carried into the Rotunda while dozens of Capitol police officers stood at attention.
Dozens of Capitol Police officers lined up to salute their slain colleague Brian Sicknick as his ashes were carried out of the Capitol to be taken to his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday
Family members look on as Sicknick’s body is carried down the East Front steps of the Capitol on Wednesday
An honor guard carries an urn with Sicknick’s cremated remains down the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday
Family members, including Sicknick’s mother Gladys (circled left) and father Charles (circled right), watched as an honor guard to carries an urn with the slain officer’s remains down the steps of the Capitol
Sicknick’s parents Gladys (center) and Charles (right) sat front row during a Congressional ceremony in their son’s honor
Sicknick was memorialized in a Congressional ceremony on Wednesday morning as his remains laid in honor at the US Capitol – the same building where he was killed while defending it from attack by a mob of MAGA rioters
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left) delivered remarks condemning the violence that led to the officer’s death. ‘He was a peacemaker in the wrong place at the wrong time,’ Schumer said of Sicknick (right)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also spoke heralding Sicknick’s heroism and service to his country
The solemn ceremony in the Rotunda was attended by Sicknick’s parents, his Capitol Police colleagues and members of Congress including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (center)
Capitol Police officers salute Sicknick’s urn after the Congressional ceremony concluded on Wednesday
Earlier in the day Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff passed through the Rotunda to pay respects
The couple placed their hands over their hearts and took a moment of silence before touching the urn with Sicknick’s ashes
Harris reaches out to touch the urn with Sicknick’s ashes inside the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday morning
Joe and Jill Biden paid their respects to Sicknick on Tuesday night
McConnell gave a short speech on the Senate floor before the ceremony began at 10.30am on Wednesday.
The Republican minority leader said Sicknick ‘lies in honor under the dome of the institution he swore to defend and died defending’.
‘Four weeks ago the Rotunda was strewn with the debris of an insurrectionist mob,’ McConnell said. ‘Today it is adorned in solemn thanksgiving to the sacrifice of a hero.’
Schumer opened his remarks at the ceremony with a quote from the Bible’s Book of Matthew: ‘Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they will be called the children of God.’
He spoke of how he learned that Sicknick’s mother and aunt both graduated from the same high school in Brooklyn that he did when he met with the family after the officer died.
‘That Brian and his family were made to pay such a high price for his devoted service in the Capitol was a senseless tragedy, one that we are still grappling with,’ Schumer said. ’It’s left deep scars in this building, as have the tragic deaths of two of Brian’s fellow officers in the days since his passing.’
In her speech, Pelosi said it was fitting that the Air Force choir chose the song ‘America the Beautiful’ to honor Sicknick.
‘Through the heroism of Officer Sicknick and those who serve our country, God has truly shed his grace on us, on America, from sea … brotherhood… from sea to shining sea,’ Pelosi said, quoting the song.
‘May it be a comfort to Officer Sicknick’s family that so many mourn with them and pray for them during this sad time.’
Three members of Sicknick’s family sat front row at the ceremony, where attendees were spaced out in chairs spaced six feet apart, centered around a table with the officer’s ashes and a folded American flag.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, attendees including DC Mayor Muriel Bowser processed past the urn in silence before leaving the Rotunda.
Last to leave were Capitol Police leaders, who stepped up one by one to salute Sicknick’s ashes.
Pelosi, Schumer and McConnell pause to pay their respects to Sicknick during the Congressional ceremony on Wednesday
Pelosi greets Sicknick’s family members during Wednesday’s ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda
Schumer speaks to Sicknick’s family members as he heads to the podium to give his speech on Wednesday
McConnell, Schumer and Pelosi process out of the Rotunda following Wednesday’s tribute ceremony
An attendee cries during a Congressional tribute to Sicknick inside the Rotunda on Wednesday
A crying woman is comforted by a fellow ceremony attendee on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda
A Capitol Police Officer holds a program during a ceremony memorializing Sicknick on Wednesday
Rep Louie Gohmert (R – Texas) salutes Sicknick’s remains during the Congressional ceremony on Wednesday
Rep Liz Cheney (R – Wyoming) walks by a table with Sicknick’s ashes following Wednesday’s ceremony
After the ceremony Sicknick’s remains were carried out of the Capitol by an honor guard
Police officers saluted a hearse as it departed from the Capitol for Arlington National Cemetery
A photo taken inside the Capitol building shows police officers saluting the hearse with Sicknick’s remains
From left, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi watch as Sicknick’s ashes left the Capitol
The hearse was followed by a truck carrying the bicycle that Sicknick rode when he was on duty
The funeral procession for Sicknick approaches Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday
A motorcade procession brought the remains of Sicknick to the Capitol around 9.30pm Tuesday night.
An honor guard then carried the urn and a folded American flag up the steps, while Sicknick’s fellow officers stood to attention to watch their comrade be carried into the building he had spent more than a decade working to protect.
Sicknick is pictured with his girlfriend of 11 years Sandra Garza
The wooden urn, which was inscribed with his full name and date of birth and death, was placed in the heart of the rotunda next to the flag which had been flown the day the officer died.
‘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,’ read a plaque on the flag.
Sicknick’s family visited his urn in a private ceremony first and were seen being comforted by Sicknick’s colleagues on the steps of the Capitol.
Pelosi and Schumer then arrived to pay honor to the cop with other lawmakers including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. Steve Scalise and Rep. Pete Aguilar following close behind.
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, who replaced Chief Steven Sund after he resigned in the wake of the Capitol riot, paid tribute to Sicknick next, raising her hand to salute the urn.
The President and First Lady walking into the Capitol to pay their resects to the fallen officer Tuesday night
The president took a solemn moment of silence in front of the urn carrying the cremated remains of the fallen cop, reaching out and touching the wooden box before holding his hand to his heart
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pay their respects
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer come together to pay their respects
An honor guard carried the urn and a folded American flag up the steps of the Capitol and into the rotunda
US Capitol Police Officers place on a stand the urn holding the remains of their fellow officer Brian Sicknick
A fellow law enforcement officer breaks down in tears as he visits the urn of his colleague Tuesday night
Police officers line the rotunda to see the urn with Sicknick’s remains placed under the dome for people to pay their respects
An aerial view of the rotunda as people gather to pay tribute to the officer who died in the line of duty last month
Lawmakers including Nancy Pelosi, Kevin MCarthy and Chuck Schumer were among those gathered on the steps of the Capitol as Sicknick’s remains were carried into the rotunda on Tuesday night
Biden said a prayer, marking the sign of the cross, before he walked over to a trio of wreaths next to the US and Capitol Police flags on Tuesday night
A stream of Capitol Police officers all followed to say goodbye to their colleague who died in the line of duty.
Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement ahead of the night’s procession that the nation was ‘united in grief’.
‘The U.S. Congress is united in grief, gratitude and solemn appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Officer Brian Sicknick,’ they said.
‘The heroism of Officer Sicknick and the Capitol Police force during the violent insurrection against our Capitol helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy and ensure that the Congress was not diverted from our duty to the Constitution.
‘His sacrifice reminds us every day of our obligation to our country and to the people we serve.’
Hundreds of President Trump’s supporters stormed into the Capitol attacking police, smashing windows and sending lawmakers into hiding, after a fiery speech in which Trump urged them to ‘fight’ his election loss to President Joe Biden.
The incident led to Trump’s second impeachment; he will face trial in the Senate on a charge of inciting insurrection next week.
Since the 1852, the caskets of just three dozen distinguished Americans have been honored at the Capitol.
The urn inscribed with ‘Brian David Sicknick’ was placed next to the folded flag in the heart of the Capitol rotunda
An honor guard salutes after placing an urn with the cremated remains and folded flag on a black-draped table in the rotunda
The president and First Lady hold their hands to their hearts as they take a moment in front of the urn on Tuesday
The 42-year-old’s family visited his urn in a private ceremony and were seen being comforted by Sicknick’s colleagues on the steps of the Capitol
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi waits to pay her respects on Tuesday night
A placard with Sicknick’s photo was displayed outside the Rotunda
The honor guard carries his remains in the urn into the Capitol on Tuesday night
The family of US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick watch as his remains are carried up the steps of the Capitol on Tuesday
A motorcade procession brought the remains of Sicknick to the Capitol around 9.30pm Tuesday
An honor guard carries an urn with Sicknick’s remains from the motorcade as it reached the Capitol on Tuesday
An honor guard carries the remains of Sicknick toward the Capitol on Tuesday night
Two of Sicknick’s colleagues carry his remains into the Capitol as lawmakers and fellow officers look on on Tuesday night
The signs of the January 6 insurrection that cost Sicknick his life were still visible in this smashed window
Officers line the steps to watch the procession as Sicknick’s remains are carried into the Capitol to lie in honor on Tuesday
Officers pay their respects to their fallen comrade who died protecting the Capitol in the January 6 riot on Tuesday night
Members of then Capitol Police force stand in line to await the arrival of their fallen colleague on Tuesday
The rotunda wascovered in darkness as family members, lawmakers and law enforcement paid tribute to Sicknick on Tuesday
A total of 30 government officials, judges and military leaders have ‘lay in state’ at the Capitol, including Presidents Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
The most recent politician to lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda was John Lewis, whose casket was placed there in July of last year.
The category of ‘laying in honor’ was created in 1998 in order to recognize distinguished Americans outside of the political realm.
Sicknick, who died at 42, is the fifth American and third Captiitol police officer to lie in honor.
His heartbroken family said they wanted to thank lawmakers for ‘bestowing this historic honor on our fallen American hero.’
‘We also wish to express our appreciation to the millions of people who have offered their support and sympathies during this difficult time,’ they said in a statement.
‘Knowing our personal tragedy and loss is shared by our nation brings hope for healing.’
The first two citizens to lay in honor in the rotunda were Capitol Police officers Jacob J. Chestnut and John M. Gibson, who were fatally wounded in 1998 by a gunman who ran to the offices of then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay.
The other two were civil rights leader Rosa Parks in 2005 and the Reverend Billy Graham in 2018.
Hundreds of President Trump’s supporters stormed into the Capitol attacking police, smashing windows and sending lawmakers into hiding on January 6
During the siege of the Capitol, Sicknick was pepper-sprayed and hit in the head, according to his father. An ambulance crew resuscitated him twice as he was rushed to a nearby hospital. He died the following day. Pictured: police and protesters clashing outside the building on January 6
Members of the Capitol Police pay their respects to late Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick Tuesday night
Members of the National Guard salute Sicknick as he lies in honor in the Capitol on Tuesday before he is laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery
In the past 200 years, the caskets of only about three dozen distinguished Americans have been honored at the Capitol
Sicknick’s body will arrive at the rotunda on Tuesday evening and his fellow officers will begin viewing him at 10 pm
The Capitol building is pictured on Tuesday afternoon following preparations for the arrival of Sicknick’s casket
During the siege of the Capitol, Sicknick was pepper-sprayed and hit in the head, according to his father. An ambulance crew resuscitated him twice as he was rushed to a nearby hospital. He died the following day.
Last week, New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman introduced legislation to award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Sicknick ‘for giving his life to protect the Capitol and the Members and staff of Congress on January 6’.
Sicknick is survived by his parents, Charles and Gladys, his brothers Ken and Craig, and his longtime girlfriend, Sandra Garza.
From his early days growing up in a New Jersey hamlet, Sicknick wanted to be a police officer. He enlisted in the National Guard six months after graduating high school in 1997
They released a statement following his death, paying tribute to the late cop, which read: ‘There really aren’t enough kind words in any language to describe how sweet Brian was.
‘He was truly a lovely, humble soul. We are missing him terribly.
‘He was sweet natured through and through. Everyone who met him adored him.
‘He also loved his dachshunds dearly, spoiling them, and ensuring they got the best care possible.’
From his early days growing up in a New Jersey hamlet, Sicknick wanted to be a police officer.
He enlisted in the National Guard six months after graduating high school in 1997, deploying to Saudi Arabia and then Kyrgyzstan.
Joining the Guard was his means to joining law enforcement, his family said.
Sicknick joined the Capitol Police in 2008, serving until his death.
He was one of five people who died at the Capitol, or from complications sustained in the aftermath.
More than 100 people who stormed into the building have now been arrested and are facing federal charges.
The FBI is said to be investigating more than 30 people in relation to Sicknick’s murder, but no one has yet been charged.
Politicians remain shaken by the events, which have led to the erection of eight-foot-high fence around the complex as a temporary measure.
Acting Capitol Police chief Pittman called last week for permanent fencing and back-up security forces near the building.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is pictured looking at the coffin of her slain husband President John F. Kennedy as his casket lays in state at the US Capitol in 1963
The first two citizens to lay in honor in the rotunda were Capitol Police officers Jacob J. Chestnut and John M. Gibson, who were fatally wounded in 1998 by a gunman who ran to the offices of then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay
Then-President Bill Clinton is pictured speaking in the rotunda as Capitol Police Officers John Gibson and Jacob Chestnut lay in honor in July 1998
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