WASHINGTON D.C. (CBSNewYork) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was honored at a funeral procession held Saturday morning in Washington.
Thousands of mourners have gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington to pay their final respects to late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 1010 WINS reported. One of Scalia’s nine children, the Reverend Paul Scalia, led the mass.
“In the past week, many have recounted for what dad did for them, but here today, we recount what God did for dad,” Scalia said.
In his remarks, Scalia talked of his father’s relationship with God — saying that Antonin “worshiped imperfectly,” with close ties to his Catholic faith. He also spoke of life growing up in the Scalia household; the strong bond his father had with his mother.
“He was the father that God gave us for the great adventure of family life. Sure, he forgot our names sometimes or messed them up, but there were nine of us,” Scalia said, welcoming a laugh.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, were among those attending the funeral, held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. President Obama and his family were not in attendance.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were among thousands who paid their respects at a public viewing on Friday, with Scalia’s flag-draped casket placed in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service in Washington confirmed Scalia’s death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas last week.
Scalia grew up in Elmhurst, Queens, and was the first Italian-American member of the Supreme Court.