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Special ceremony honors Rep. John Lewis at US Capitol

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There are multiple celebration of life ceremonies planned to honor Rep. John Lewis, the youngest leader of the Civil Rights movement who helped organize the March on Washington in August 1963 and two years later, led a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Rep. Lewis died last week at the age of 80 of pancreatic cancer—a battle he made public in late December.

The ceremonies celebrating his life and legacy continued Monday with a ceremony inside the Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol.

Before arriving at the Capitol, the motorcade traveled and stopped at D.C. landmarks along the way, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The flag-draped casket of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., arrives to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A hearse with the flag-draped casket of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., drives on 16th Street, renamed, Black Lives Matter Plaza, near the White House Monday, July 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

Over the weekend, the family of the late congressman John Lewis hosted “Celebration of Life” events across the country, including in his home state of Alabama.

Saturday, Lewis’s body traveled back to his hometown of Troy, where he grew up on a farm during racial segregation in the South. 

During Lewis’s memorial service in Selma Saturday, Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) and Democratic U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) spoke highly of the late congressman and reminisced about the memories each of them share with him.

The casket of Rep. John Lewis moves over the Edmund Pettus Bridge by horse drawn carriage during a memorial service for Lewis, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Selma, Ala. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Lewis’s body returned to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Sunday morning for his “final crossing.” This symbolic journey came 55 years after the civil rights activist, then 25, was badly beaten on the bridge by Alabama state troopers while leading a 600-strong march for voting rights.

Other events will be hosted in Atlanta and Washington D.C. The events will also be livestreamed on multiple platforms. For more information, click here.