McCain Will Be The 13th Senator To Lie In State In The Capitol Rotunda


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Vandana Rambaran Political Reporter
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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.”

McCain’s body will lie in state on Wednesday at the Arizona Capitol to honor his service as the senator of Arizona for 35 years and will depart to North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday for a memorial service, according to a press release by his office.

Following the service, he will be flown by the Arizona Air National Guard from Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, where his body will be received by the Armed Forces Body Bearers. He will then lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda on Friday, where the public will have an opportunity to pay their respects.

A national memorial service honoring his life will be held on Saturday, and he will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland, alongside his best friend and classmate from the Naval Academy, Adm. Chuck Larson on Sunday.

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?)

The senator’s staff has not released the full list of speakers or program participants because they have yet to be finalized, but people familiar with the funeral plans told TheNYT on Saturday that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were asked to eulogize the senator at his funeral service. 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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