John McCain's casket arrives at Arizona Capitol

Kristopher Nichols
September 1, 2018

Ducey has said he will wait until after McCain's burial to name an immediate successor.

From there, McCain will depart Arizona for the last time from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

"Senator McCain was a shining example of what a modern leader should be", wrote Doan in a public statement.

John McCain on Wednesday, standing for hours in the broiling Arizona sun before filing past the flag-draped casket that his tearful wife, Cindy, lovingly pressed her face against after a ceremony for the former North Vietnam prisoner of war who represented Arizona for decades.

At the services on Thursday in Phoenix, three prominent Arizona athletes will participate, with Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald delivering a tribute to McCain.

This item has been clarified to show that Cindy McCain laid her cheek on the casket.

"I get up every day and read the news, and then I see what John McCain has to say", Fine told Reuters. He was born in the Panama Canal Zone while his father, who went on to become an admiral, served in the military.

Ray Riordan, an 87-year-old Navy veteran who fought in the Korean War, came from Payson, Arizona.

In July of 2017, McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer after revealing a blood clot over his eye. Families with kids stopped by, men stopped in front of the casket to salute and others bowed.

His colleague, former Arizona Sen.

Kyl says he has been with McCain all around the world and that he had better instincts on when to assert USA power than anyone else he knew.

"I will miss him as a friend, and a strong force for America and the world", Kyl said.

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A motorcade with Sen.

Other military members in uniform congregated on the Capitol plaza. The Arizona Republican died Saturday of an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Black curtains hung in the rotunda at the museum that hosts tourists and history buffs on a typical day as well state capitol workers bustling from one office to another.

That ceremony will include remarks from Gov. Doug Ducey and former U.S. Sen.

A few dozen white folding chairs were reserved for family and dignitaries beside a wreath of white roses.

A private ceremony began at 10 the Arizona State Capitol Museum rotunda, where McCain will lie in state.

Thousands of people paid their respects to U.S. Sen.

In honor of his service to the country both in the Senate and in the military, McCain's memorial services will be spread out over the course of the rest of this week with the senator lying "in state" first in the Arizona State Capitol building before being moved to Washington, D.C. for the same honor in the U.S. Capitol building.

Senator Jeff Flake offered the benediction at the service.

Later in the afternoon, the Capitol will be opened to the public to pay their respects.

For some Arizona residents, McCain has been a political fixture their entire lives. He took office in the state in the early 1980s, first as a congressman and then as a senator in the seat once held by Goldwater.

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