Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s headstone revealed one year after death

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg's headstone revealed one year after death

Late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has received a fitting tribute — a tombstone engraved with the traditional seal of the nation’s highest court — ahead of the one-year anniversary of her death.

According to Jewish tradition, Ginsburg’s headstone would have been officially unveiled by her first yahrzeit, or the anniversary of her death, which is Monday.

The tombstone features the US Supreme Court seal with a single star beneath an eagle’s claws — symbolizing the US Constitution’s creation of “one Supreme Court.”

Below on her gravestone, Ginsburg is remembered as an associate justice who served on the bench of the highest court from 1993 to her death in September from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer at age 87.

The gravestones of some other late justices also bear the high court’s historic seal.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's casket is brought to the US Capitol building to lie in state after her death on September 18, 2020.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket is brought to the US Capitol building to lie in state after her death on September 18, 2020.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020 after losing her fight with pancreatic cancer at the age of 87.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020 after losing her fight with pancreatic cancer at the age of 87.
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In Jewish tradition, it is customary for the unveiling of the tombstone to be sometime between the end of the shiva, or mourning period, and the one-year anniversary.

Ginsburg shares the tombstone with her husband, Martin, who died in 2010 and is buried alongside her in the historic Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia.

Relatives can choose headstones in the couple’s section of the cemetery that differ from the rows of white monuments that mark the graves of military service members.

Ginsburg was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery near President John F. Kennedy and several other of her colleagues that served on the bench with her.
Ginsburg was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery near President John F. Kennedy and several other of her colleagues that served on the bench with her.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg's headstone, complete with the seal of the Supreme Court, was revealed on September 12, 2021.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s headstone, complete with the seal of the Supreme Court, was revealed on September 12, 2021.
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The couple’s final resting place is not far from where President John F. Kennedy is buried and near the final resting plots of nine Supreme Court justices, including three who served on the bench with Ginsburg: Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Associate Justices Harry Blackmun and John Paul Steven.

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