Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

As a sign of respect flags were ordered at half-mast on all federal building flagpoles. Photo: Gary Taverman

Like many people, I thought of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as a superhero–amazing and indestructible. This Friday we were reminded that she was a mortal human being. She is a hero who did her best until the end of her assigned days. Now we must do what we can to honor her.

I am on the West Coast and COVID prevents me–and lots of other mourning her loss–from hopping on a plane to pay my respects in person. My friend Gary who lives in Washington, DC was able to go. Here is a brief interview:

Photo: Gary Taverman

Why did you decide to go to the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC to pay your respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg?  I went for all the obvious reasons – great woman, great life story, I agreed with her on all her court rulings, poignant timing of her death in light of Rosh Hashanah, and personal connection as a fellow Jewish Brooklynite.

How did you feel in the midst of the crowd? What was the mood of the crowd?  The experience was very moving.  Needless-to-say, the crowd was subdued.  It was a beautiful DC day – sunny and in the 70’s – which made the wait quite pleasant.  

What is one special memory of Ruth Bader Ginsberg that endears her to you?  She was one, tough broad which, as a New Yorker, is high praise.  

The line up to the steps, waiting for viewing. Photo: Gary Taverman

What was your experience around the Supreme Court steps?  Excellent social distancing, everyone was wearing a mask.   The wait was about 1:40 minutes from getting on the line to arriving at the base of the Court steps.  I’d guess there was about 1,000 people on line when I arrived and the crowd was equally large when I left.  Based on my observation, 75-80 percent of those there were young girls and women.

For people who might be coming from outside DC, any travel tips?  Metro is running.  I believe the closest stop is Capitol South, but Union Station is not the much further.  Parking?  It’s DC!!  Street parking is challenging.  Some roads near the Court were blocked off.

Thank you for sharing your experience Gary.

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