Bush, Obama Among Speakers at McCain Memorial Service

Bush, Obama Among Speakers at McCain Memorial Service

Two former presidents, current and former lawmakers, family, and friends will speak at and participate in Saturday’s national memorial service to remember the life of Sen. John McCain, who died over the weekend.


McCain’s office posted the list of speakers and pallbearers who will be present at the Washington National Cathedral for the event, which will take place one week after McCain died of brain cancer at age 81.


Among the speakers will be former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; and three of McCain’s children — Jimmy, Meghan, and Sidney.


Serving as pallbearers for McCain’s casket will be former Vice President Joe Biden; actor and filmmaker Warren Beatty; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; former Secretary of Defense William Cohen; former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo.; businessman Stephen Dart; McCain’s national campaign manager Richard Davis; fundraiser and McCain friend Carla Eudy; former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.; former Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas; Vladimir Kara-Murza, vice chairman of Open Russia; former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge; McCain’s former chief of staff Mark Salter; founder and chairman of FedEx Fred Smith; and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.


McCain’s staff posted funeral arrangements and the schedule of the week’s events — which include services in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. — on his website. 


On Sunday, McCain will be buried on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. during a private ceremony.



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