Here's How John McCain Will Be Memorialized This Week


Kennedy, a Democrat, passed away August 25, 2009 at age 77, after a battle with glioblastoma - the same rare type of brain cancer afflicting McCain, who died Saturday at age 81.

The White House lowered its US flag to half-staff, raised it back up and on Monday lowered it again after the death of Senator John McCain, in an unusual and confusing break with protocol on the passing of a national leader.

Arizonans will hold a memorial service for McCain at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Prominent private citizens can also be laid in the Rotunda, but they are lain in honor, not in state, as was the case with minister Billy Graham earlier this year.

A televised funeral service will begin at 10 the Washington National Cathedral.

Mr. McCain, in his farewell, said conceding defeat in 2008 to President Obama was a "privilege".

McCain was the son and grandson of admirals and followed them to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Mr Trump reacted quickly to the news on Saturday night (U.S. time), expressing his deepest sympathies to his loved ones. Senator John McCain was an American hero and cherished member of The American Legion.

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A family spokesman issued a farewell statement from McCain in which he said of the United States: "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries". He had battled brain cancer.

The president also said he asked White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor John Bolton to represent the administration at services for McCain. Vice President Mike Pence is likely to attend, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions. "My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family".

During the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump mocked McCain's war service.

Since McCain's passing, there have been many tributes, including from the cast of SNL, and a notable lack of tributes from Donald Trump's White House. McCain's funeral is scheduled for Sunday.

One of McCain's long-serving Senate colleagues, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday, "The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service".

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Sen. John McCain, whose more than three-decade career in the Senate irreversibly impacted the tenor of Washington, will lie in state in the US Capitol this week, an honor given to few statesmen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs.