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Pending A Proclamation on the Death of Senator John McCain
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 johnmccain.com, his former campaign website.
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.
His resting place will overlook the Severn River, McCain wrote in his most recent book, “back where it all began.”
McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren.