The late Northern Marianas governor Eloy Inos has been laid to rest at the main cemetery on Saipan.
Inos was buried exactly a year after he took his oath of office as the eighth governor in CNMI history.
In what is said to have been the biggest funeral in the islands' history, thousands of mourners took time off from work and their daily routine to attend the public viewing that started in the morning and some stayed for the burial late afternoon.
His family, friends, cabinet and government officials and off-island dignitaries joined a large cross section of the Commonwealth's society in paying their last respects to Inos, who died in late December.
The late governor was the first to be a granted US citizenship after the then Trusty Territory of the Northern Marianas opted to forge a political union with the US.
He was elected to Saipan's first municipal council, was the first to be nominated as lieutenant governor and then governor after his predecessors resigned, and also the first to hold the two highest posts in CNMI government after constitutionally succeeding and then being elected to both offices.
Inos was also the first CNMI governor in history to have died in office.