John McCain To Be Buried At U.S. Naval Academy

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on August 27th, 2018

Washington D.C., USA : Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), who died on Saturday, will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday, September 2, following a week of memorial services commemorating his life.

McCain, 81, died on August 25 after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The Senate giant will be laid to rest next to his Naval Academy classmate and friend Admiral Chuck Larson, according to a schedule of events from his office. McCain graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958.

“As classmates at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Air Station Pensacola flight school, Senator McCain and Admiral Chuck Larson developed a close friendship that endured throughout their adult lives,” the statement from McCain’s office says.

His burial will be held after a national memorial service at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., that Saturday.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have reportedly been asked to give eulogies at John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) funeral. Vice President Pence has also been asked to attend, though President Trump has not been invited the reports said.

Here is a timeline of planned events for John Mccain:

Wednesday, Aug. 29: McCain’s body will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol. There will be a small ceremony that family and local officials will attend at 10 a.m. local time. Following the ceremony, the public will be welcome to pay respects to Sen. McCain in the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 30: Memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church celebrating McCain’s life and legacy. Eulogists expected to include former Vice President Joe Biden. After this ceremony, there will be a motorcade to the Phoenix airport, and McCain’s body will be flown to Joint Base Andrews in Washington, D.C., and taken to a funeral home.

Friday, Aug. 31: McCain’s body will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where the senator’s family, colleagues, staff and the public will honor his life and service. A ceremony will take place at approximately 10 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 1: There will be a motorcade from the Capitol to the National Cathedral, with a stop along the way for the late senator’s wife, Cindy McCain, to lay a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Former President George W. Bush will give a eulogy at the National Cathedral. Other likely speakers include McCain children Meghan McCain and Jimmy McCain.  Former President Obama has also been invited to deliver a eulogy.

Sunday, Sept. 2: A private memorial service will take place at approximately 2 p.m. in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland. Following the service, a private burial ceremony will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery where Sen. McCain will be laid to rest next to his Naval Academy classmate and friend, Adm. Chuck Larson.

Before he died of leukemia in 2014, Larson reserved four plots of land for himself, McCain, and their spouses at the Naval Academy cemetery, according to the press release.

McCain, who served in Congress for decades after being held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years, is scheduled to lie in the Arizona State Capitol on Wedensday and the U.S. Capitol on Friday, according to the release.

More than 30 people have been honored by lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda, and only two individuals have lied in the Arizona State Capitol Museum Rotunda: Arizona State Senator Marilyn Jarrett in 2006 and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, a Tucson resident, in 1980, according to McCain’s office.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) will wait until the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is buried before naming his successor.

“Out of respect for the life and legacy of Senator John McCain and his family, Governor Ducey will not be making any announcements about an appointment until after the Senator is laid to rest,” Ducey’s senior adviser Daniel Ruiz II said in a statement provided to The Hill. “Now is a time for remembering and honoring a consequential life well lived.”

McCain died Saturday at 81 after a fight with brain cancer. His death came after his family announced Friday that they would be discontinuing treatment for the longtime senator.

Ducey is tasked with appointing McCain’s successor under Arizona state law. The successor will fill McCain’s seat until 2020, when a special election will be held to finish the term through 2022. There will then be an election for a full six-year term in 2022.

The Arizona Republic listed potential appointees on Friday including Cindy McCain, McCain’s wife, and Kirk Adams, the chief of staff for Ducey.

“He was a giant. An icon. An American hero. But here at home, we are most proud to call him a fellow Arizonan,” Ducey wrote in a statement after McCain’s death. “Like so many of us, he was not born here, but his spirit, service and fierce independence shaped the state with which he became synonymous.”

US Embassy in Vietnam announces new fellowship in honor of McCain

The US Embassy in Vietnam announced a new fellowship in honor of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday.

“In honor of Senator McCain’s contributions and those of his former U.S. Senate colleague and long-time collaborator on U.S.-Vietnam issues, John Kerry, the U.S. Mission in Vietnam will launch the McCain/Kerry Fellowship,” the U.S. Mission wrote in a statement Sunday.

“Each year a young Vietnamese leader committed to public service will travel on a U.S. study tour, deepening ties between our peoples and furthering the positive legacy of Senator McCain,” the statement continued.

“The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Vietnam mourn the passing of Senator John McCain.”

McCain died Saturday night at 81 from brain cancer.

The late Arizona Republic was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for years after being shot down while deployed as a naval aviator. During his imprisonment, the late senator said he was beaten and tortured.

“For decades, he championed the U.S.-Vietnam relationship, bravely forging a path for our two nations to transform from enemies to partners,” the Mission continued in its statement. “He will be sorely missed.”

The Mission also announced it will be opening a condolence book from Aug. 27-29 for “all who wish to share a message with the McCain Family.”

Americans lay flowers at the McCain’s crash site in Vietnam on Sunday in honor of the senator.

EARLIER : John McCain To Lie In State At Washington, Arizona Capitols

Senator John McCain will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and receive a full dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral. He will also lie in state at the Arizona Capitol before his burial in Annapolis, Md., a Republican official involved in the planning said.

Senator John McCain served for two decades in the Navy after graduating from the Naval Academy and represented Arizona in Congress for 35 years,

The senator’s office said an official memorial schedule would be announced once funeral arrangements were finalized.

Two Republicans familiar with the planning said that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to offer eulogies at his funeral. Under initial plans for Mr. McCain’s funeral, Vice President Mike Pence was to attend, but not President Trump, who clashed repeatedly with Mr. McCain.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the top Senate Democrat, said on Saturday that he would introduce a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building — currently named for Senator Richard Russell of Georgia, who often opposed civil rights legislation — in honor of Mr. McCain.

More than 30 people have been honored by lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda, a gesture reserved for the country’s “most eminent citizens,” since the practice began in 1852 after the death of Henry Clay, the former House speaker and senator from Kentucky. Mr. McCain would be the 13th former senator to be granted the honor, according to the Architect of the Capitol.

Such remembrances in the Capitol are either formally approved by congressional resolution or authorized by the congressional leadership, according to the Architect of the Capitol.

In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered all flags to be lowered to half-staff.

Last month, as Mr. McCain neared the end of his monthslong battle with brain cancer, the Navy expanded the name of the guided missile destroyer John S. McCain to formally include the senator, who joined his father and grandfather, both Navy admirals and Annapolis graduates. The annual military spending bill was also named for Mr. McCain, who served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

EARLIER : Senator John McCain Dies At 81

John S. McCain, the proud naval aviator who climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to pinnacles of power as a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency, died on Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81.

He had suffered from a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, for which he had been treated periodically with radiation and chemotherapy since its discovery in 2017.

McCain’s office said in a statement “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018.” He announced on July 19, 2017, that he had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumor. Earlier this week his family announced he was discontinuing treatment.

“With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years,” McCain’s office said in the statement.

Cindy McCain on the passing of her husband: “My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years.”

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain honored her father :

“I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning,” Meghan McCain said in a Twitter statement. “In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things.”

I love you forever – my beloved father @SenJohnMcCain  — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 26, 2018

She praised her father’s “love, his care, ever present, always unfailing” and said he showed her “what it is to be a man.” Meghan McCain said her father’s passing comes with “sorrow and grief” for her mother, Cindy, and brothers and sisters.

“He has a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and earth for so long,” Meghan McCain wrote. “We know that his flame lives on, in each of us. The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad — but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us.”

In his 36 years in Congress, McCain became one of the country’s most respected and influential politicians, challenging his fellow lawmakers to reach across the aisle for the good of the country, and often sparring with reporters with a biting if self-deprecating wit.

On a variety of issues — torture, immigration, campaign finance, the Iraq War — McCain was often known as the moral center of the Senate and of the Republican Party.

Last year, in his last act of defiance, McCain returned to the Capitol less than a week after his cancer was diagnosed to cast his vote on the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — the biggest legislative achievement of President Barack Obama, the man who defeated him in the 2008 election.

McCain first voted in favor of debating the bill, giving his fellow Republicans hope that their long-sought goal of repealing Obamacare was in sight. McCain then dashed those hopes by casting the decisive vote against repeal.

Before the vote, McCain denounced the rise of partisanship in a heartfelt speech from the Senate floor on July 25, 2017.

“Why don’t we try the old way of legislating in the Senate, the way our rules and customs encourage us to act?” McCain said. “Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn’t the most inspiring work.”

But in recent months, the man who had been a mainstay on Capitol Hill for more than three decades was noticeably absent.

He missed a White House ceremony on Dec. 12, 2017, in which President Donald Trump signed the annual defense bill into law — one of McCain’s signature achievements.

A statement issued the following day by the senator’s office said he was at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland receiving treatment for the “normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy” and looked forward to returning to work as soon as possible.

McCain’s life was punctuated by wild highs and lows, from the horrific conditions he endured for nearly 2,000 days as a prisoner of war to subsequent professional successes that brought him to the forefront of American politics.

Over the course of his career he rallied against pork-barrel spending and went against his own party’s president, George W. Bush, on strategy for the Iraq war. He earned a reputation as a party maverick by advocating campaign finance reform, lending his name to the bipartisan McCain-Feingold Act of 2002, and supporting overhauling the nation’s immigration system over the years.

But the pinnacle of his political career came in 2008, when he clinched the Republican nomination for president, only to lose to Obama amid the global financial meltdown and dragged down by Bush’s low approval ratings. His contentious choice for a running mate, Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska at the time, was also believed to have contributed to the loss, and is still seen by some as a tarnish on his reputation.

But long before then, McCain was a Navy brat who had little interest in being studious.

John Sidney McCain III was born on Aug. 29, 1936, to a prominent naval family steeped in patriotism. Both his father and grandfather were four-star admirals, with his father, John McCain Jr., advancing to commander in chief of Pacific forces during the Vietnam War.

While McCain followed in his family’s military footsteps, he did so with his own flair: When he graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1958, he was ranked 894th of 899 graduates.

In a speech to midshipmen at his alma mater in October 2017, McCain joked about his abysmal academic performance.

“My superiors didn’t hold me in very high esteem in those days,” he said. “To be honest, I wasn’t too thrilled to be here back then, and I was as relieved to graduate — fifth from the bottom of my class — as the Naval Academy was to see me go.”

After graduation, McCain volunteered for combat duty in the Vietnam War and, as a lieutenant commander, got orders to ship out in 1967. He narrowly escaped death in July of that year, when, while preparing for a routine bombing mission, an explosion on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal engulfed his plane in flames, killing 134 men on board.

Only three months later, on Oct. 26, 1967, McCain’s plane was shot down over North Vietnam. Both of his arms and his knee were broken, and McCain was knocked unconscious and taken as a prisoner of war.

That began a five-and-a-half-year nightmare inside a prison where Vietnamese soldiers, upon learning that McCain was the son of an admiral, set out to use him for propaganda purposes. They tortured and beat him, but McCain refused an early release, denying communist North Vietnam a propaganda victory, and followed a code of conduct that POWs must be released in the order they were captured.

When the war ended in 1973, McCain finally returned to a hero’s welcome.

In 2008, he spoke passionately about the patriotism he maintained while imprisoned in Hanoi.

“I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s,” he said in accepting the Republican presidential nomination.

McCain was first elected to office in 1982, when he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona. Four years later he was elected to the Senate, and he was re-elected five times.

He first ran for president in 2000, becoming the main GOP challenger to George W. Bush, who went on to win the nomination and the White House.

In October, he reflected on his life in an interview with GQ.

“I have had the most fortunate life of anybody you will ever talk to, and I have nothing but gratitude, gratitude and joy, because I’ve had the most fortunate life that anybody has ever had,” he said. “So I spend my time in gratitude and work as hard as I can to get done what I can get done while I can.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi: “John McCain was a leader & public servant of deep patriotism, outstanding bravery & undaunted spirit. Throughout his career, we all saw his integrity, humility, courage & grace.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a statement mourning the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Saturday, saying he plans to introduce a resolution to rename a Senate office building after the war hero.

“As you go through life, you meet few truly great people. John McCain was one of them,” Schumer wrote. “His dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller – never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare. The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain.”

“Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him,” he added.

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to Sen. John McCain on Saturday after the announcement of the senator’s death, writing that “we are all in his debt.”

“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own,” the Obamas wrote in a statement. “At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt. Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”

The Obamas said that, despite differences in their political viewpoints, both they and McCain were united in fighting for America’s values.

“[W]e shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed,” they wrote. “We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible – and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.”

President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the family of Sen. John McCain after his death on Saturday. “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain,” Trump said on Twitter. “Our hearts and prayers are with you!”

The White House flag has been lowered to half-staff in honor of Senator John McCain.

Former Defense Sec. Robert Gates: “No one in modern times had greater physical and political courage defending the United States and its values than John McCain. A true American hero has left us.”

Former Pres. Jimmy Carter : “John McCain was a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word… for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate.”

Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwell: “Arizona, the United States and the world will never be the same without the voice of Senator John McCain.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton: “Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution…He lived by his creed every day.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in honor and remembrance of Sen. John McCain.

Senator Lindsey Graham : “America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions… And I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and mentor.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “Today is a deeply sad day for the Senate and for our nation…It’s an understatement to say the Senate will not be the same without our friend John.”

Joe Biden: “John McCain’s life is proof that some truths are timeless. Character. Courage. Integrity. Honor. A life lived embodying those truths casts a long, long shadow. John McCain will cast a long shadow. His impact on America hasn’t ended.”

Sarah Palin: “Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life – and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.”

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel: “Senator McCain dedicated his life to serving his country…We at the RNC are praying for the entire McCain family at this difficult time.”

Fellow senator from Arizona Jeff Flake: “Words cannot express the sorrow I feel at John McCain’s passing. The world has lost a hero and a statesman. Cindy and the McCain family have lost a loving husband and father. I have lost a wonderful friend.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the family of @senjohnmccain – an American patriot. We wish you fair winds and following seas.”

:VP Mike Pence : “Karen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain. We honor his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life.”

Former President George H.W. Bush on John McCain: “A patriot of the highest order, a public servant of rarest courage. Few sacrificed more for, or contributed more to, the welfare of his fellow citizens — and indeed freedom-loving peoples around the world.”

Paul Ryan : “John McCain was a giant of our time—not just for the things he achieved, but for who he was and what he fought for all his life. He will always be listed among freedom’s most gallant and faithful servants.”

Rep. Joe Kennedy III : “John McCain’s story is America’s story. He served our nation with courage, compassion and civility. He will be missed dearly and our thoughts are with the entire McCain family.”

Chris Murphy : “How lucky us chosen few were to count John McCain as a friend or a colleague or a mentor. How lucky America was to have him as as our inspiration, our rock. A masterclass in life, leadership and patriotism. I miss him already”

Dan Rather : “America has lost one of its iconic political leaders with the passing of John McCain. He was of course a senator of distinction and a presidential candidate. Born into a storied military family, McCain first earned national attention during his years of imprisonment in Vietnam.”

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