McCain’s Final Resting Place

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Former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama are expected to eulogize the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) this weekend. McCain will lie in state in both Arizona and the nation’s capital as part of events that end with his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 2 (The Hill).

McCain, a decorated Vietnam War hero, former prisoner of war and six-term senator, died Saturday afternoon at his home in Arizona a year after diagnosis with brain cancer.

On Wednesday, on what would have been McCain’s 82nd birthday, the senator will lie in state in Phoenix, and his family plans a Thursday funeral service at National Phoenix Baptist Church, at which former Vice President Joe Biden will speak.

His body will then be flown to Washington, where McCain, who served in Congress for 35 years, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday, one of only 13 former senators so honored (The New York Times).

A procession past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a funeral service at Washington National Cathedral at 10 a.m. on Saturday will cap a week of public tributes to a complex man who aspired to be president, revered the United States and the Senate, and never shied from criticizing those who occupied the Oval Office.

McCain will be buried overlooking the Severn River at the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1958, during a smaller, private service. In the last year, he had continued to serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, although he had been absent from Washington since December.

Following McCain’s burial, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey says he’ll appoint a Republican successor to serve out the late senator’s term through 2020. The choice in a state with shifting demographics and politics is seen as a challenge for the governor, who has his own set of political imperatives, reports The Hill’s Reid Wilson. Arizona this year has a closely watched contest to succeed Sen. Jeff Flake (R), who is exiting the Senate; the state’s primaries are on Tuesday.

Ducey’s pick is expected to add a more reliably conservative vote than was McCain to the now 50-49 GOP majority in the Senate.

The New York Times: Arizona governor faces a tough choice – a senator made from  McCain’s mold or Trump’s.

“I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency, for its faith in the wisdom, justice, and goodness of its people.” – McCain, 2008 speech accepting the GOP presidential nomination

Arizona Republic: McCain’s legacy was to keep fighting.

Mark Salter: McCain spent his life serving the dignity of his fellow man.

The Associated Press: Nine moments that made McCain.

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