Schedule Announced for Events Remembering John McCain

Formal ceremonies will begin Wednesday in Phoenix

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will be buried at the Naval Academy, which he last visited when he addressed the Brigade of Midshipmen in October, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arrangements have been announced for the ceremonies to celebrate Sen. John McCain.

The ceremonies begin Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona, where the senator will lie in state in the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol throughout the day, starting with a private ceremony at 10 a.m. local time.

On Thursday, a memorial service will be held at North Phoenix Baptist Church before McCain’s final Departure from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport around noon.

As announced earlier Sunday, McCain will lie in state in Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. That will take place on Friday, starting with a formal ceremony at 11 a.m., according to his office.

The funeral service for McCain has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m., at Washington National Cathedral. A private service and burial are scheduled for the next day at McCain’s beloved United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

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It will be much as McCain himself intended, and as he announced publicly in his final memoir published earlier this year.

“I want to watch the hawks hunt from the sycamore, and then take my leave bound for a place near my old friend Chuck Larson in the cemetery on the Severn back where it began,” McCain wrote.

McCain last visited the Naval Academy last October, when he had a strong final message for the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Watch: A Life in the Public Eye: A Look Back at McCain’s Congressional Career


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