Former Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who passed away Saturday, will reportedly be the 13th senator to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. — an honor reserved for America’s “most eminent citizens.”
The senator’s staff has not released formal funeral arrangements because they have yet to be finalized, but a Republican official involved in the planning told The New York Times on Saturday that McCain’s funeral service will take place at the Washington National Cathedral. His body will also lie in state at the Arizona Capitol to honor his service as the senator of Arizona for 35 years before he is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.
Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff to honor McCain, who ended treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, just a day before his death. (RELATED: Will Cindy McCain Be Appointed To Fill Her Husband’s Vacant Senate Seat?)
I have ordered all flags be lowered to half-staff in honor and remembrance of the incredible life of @SenJohnMcCain. May God rest his soul and look over his entire family. Our state and our nation mourn together. #JohnMcCain #CountryFirst https://t.co/Bj9pgsLIon
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) August 26, 2018
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were asked to eulogize the senator at his funeral service, people familiar with the funeral plans told TheNYT on Saturday. Additionally, Vice President Mike Pence is said to be invited to attend the service, but President Donald Trump, a critic of McCain, was not.
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