Updated Feb 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Police officer Brian Sicknick lies in honor at U.S. Capitol

Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects in front of the remains of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden in front of the remains of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday. Photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The remains of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick were transported in an urn to the building he helped defend during the Jan. 6 D.C. insurrection. A ceremony was held as he lay in honor on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lying in honor is a final tribute reserved only for private citizens who've provided distinguished service to the U.S. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden joined congressional leaders, police and others in paying tribute to Sicknick at the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday night.

The latest: Congressional leaders delivered remarks at a ceremony on Wednesday.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said to Sicknick's family: "We will never forget his sacrifice ... We will never forget. With your permission, may we be worthy to carry Brian in our hearts."
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) called Sicknick "a peacekeeper, not only in duty, but in spirit." He added: Talk to his colleagues and they will tell you that Brian was a kind and humble man, with profound inner strength, the quiet rock of his unit."
The remains of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick arrive at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The remains of officer Sicknick arrive at the U.S. Capitol. His remains will lie in honor through Wednesday, and then be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. Capitol Police Officers arrive carrying the remains of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick
U.S. Capitol Police officers carrying the remains of Sicknick, who died of injuries he sustained when supporters of President Trump broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photographer: Alex Brandon/AP Photo/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The remains of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick lay in honor in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC
The scene in the Rotunda after Sicknick's remains arrive. Biden’s tribute to the officer is "in stark contrast to Trump, who never made a public expression of sorrow" over his death, AP notes. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Family members arrive to pay their respects to U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries sustained while protecting the Capitol Building during the January 6
Family members arrive to pay their respects to Sicknick, who's the fifth person to be given the Capitol Rotunda honor, per AP. Photo: Leah Millis-Pool/Getty Images
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pay their respects in front of the remains of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick in the Rotunda
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in front of Sicknick's remains in the Rotunda. Photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Members of the National Guard salute as they pay their respects late US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick as he lies in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda
Members of the National Guard pay tribute to Sicknick. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
A photograph of the late U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 2
A photograph of the late officer in the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. Photo: Anna Moneymaker - Pool/Getty Images
Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. Photo: Anna Moneymaker - Pool/Getty Images
A USCP officer salutes Sicknick. Photo: Anna Moneymaker - Pool/Getty Images
A USCP officer salutes Sicknick. Photo: Anna Moneymaker - Pool/Getty Images
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