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    (Via wiki) The main difference between lying in state and lying in honor is the designated color guard that keeps watch over the coffin. When lying in state, the military honor guard watches over the coffin; when lying in honor, the US Capitol Police honor guard watches over the coffin.  The former is for members of the government only.

    The only Americans who have lain in honor, to date, are the two Capitol police officers killed in the line of duty in 1998, and Rosa Parks.  

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