PHOENIX — Household, buddies and constituents will collect Wednesday at Arizona’s Capitol to pay their respects to Sen. John McCain, the primary of two days of providers right here earlier than he departs the state he has represented for the reason that 1980s.
A non-public ceremony might be held Wednesday morning on the Arizona State Capitol Museum rotunda, the place McCain will lie in state. That ceremony will embrace remarks from Gov. Doug Ducey and former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, plus a benediction from Sen. Jeff Flake. It would additionally mark the primary look of McCain’s relations for the reason that longtime Arizona senator died of mind most cancers on Saturday at age 81.
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Later that afternoon, the Capitol might be open to members of the general public who need to pay their respects. The viewing will go on so long as individuals are ready in line, Rick Davis, McCain’s former presidential marketing campaign supervisor, stated Monday.
For some Arizona residents, McCain has been a political fixture within the state for his or her whole lives. He took workplace in Arizona within the early 1980s, first as a congressman after which as a senator within the seat as soon as held by Sen. Barry Goldwater.
Crews spent the previous a number of days prepping the Capitol for the guests, hauling in chairs, cleansing up the constructing and assembling dozens of flags. McCain is the third particular person to lie in state within the rotunda within the final 40 years; others had been Arizona State Senator Marilyn Jarrett in 2006 and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, a Tucson resident, in 1980.
Thursday morning will see a procession via Phoenix on the best way to a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, with the general public invited to line the route alongside Interstate 17.
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The memorial service will see a number of tributes, readings and musical performances, together with a tribute from Vice President Joe Biden. Musical decisions embrace a efficiency of “Wonderful Grace” by the Brophy Scholar Ensemble and a recessional to “My Manner” by Frank Sinatra.
From there, McCain will depart Arizona for the final time from Phoenix Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport.
One other viewing might be on the U.S. Capitol on Friday, with a closing memorial service on the Washington Nationwide Cathedral.
An internet site laying out particulars for the providers says to ship any flowers to an area VA hospital.