John McCain funerals and tributes planned in Phoenix, Washington

Arizonans say goodbye to Sen. John McCain as his motorcade travels on I-17 in Phoenix on Aug. 25, 2018. /Cheryl Evans/The Arizona Republic


By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | Arizona Republic

Thousands are expected to pay their respects to U.S. Sen. John McCain at services and tributes in Arizona and Washington, D.C.

The decorated war hero and 2008 Republican presidential nominee served Arizona for more than 30 years on Capitol Hill. He died Saturday afternoon.

He was 81.

McCain was expected to lie in state in both Arizona and Washington, D.C., where he split his time. He will also have a church service in each city. Information will be updated on, his former campaign website.

John Sidney McCain III: A POW in Vietnam for five years, he served as Arizona’s senator from 1987 until his death and twice ran for president. Nate Kelly,

A prisoner of war and the grandson and son of four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy, McCain will not be buried near the family patriarchs at ‎Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Instead, he will return to his youthful stomping grounds, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, to be buried at the cemetery there. That ceremony was expected to be private.

McCain will be buried near his old Navy pal, Charles “Chuck” Larson, also a member of the academy’s Class of 1958.

Senator McCain at Rose Law Group for a Women for McCain event in 2017.


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