Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Here's How John McCain Will Be Memorialized This Week

Here's How John McCain Will Be Memorialized This Week

A private burial service next Sunday will conclude almost a week of events honoring the Navy aviator, prisoner of war, congressman, longtime senator and presidential contender.

Kennedy, a Democrat, passed away August 25, 2009 at age 77, after a battle with glioblastoma - the same rare type of brain cancer afflicting McCain, who died Saturday at age 81. John McCain's service and he will lie in state in both the nation's capital and Arizona as part of a cross-country funeral procession ending with his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy, according to plans taking shape Sunday.

A televised funeral service will begin at 10 a.m.at the Washington National Cathedral.

Two former presidents are expected to speak at Sen. Trump tweeted about McCain after his death but has passed up several chances to comment publicly on the Arizona senator.

John McCain, a senior member of the United States Senate and former presidential candidate, has died. McCain raised his family in the Phoenix area and at his beloved ranch in Sedona, spending the final months of his life there, along Oak Creek. He had battled brain cancer.

Mr. Trump's initial silence about Mr. McCain underscored the isolation of the US leader and fueled criticism that he is incapable of bringing a divided nation together even as it mourns a man widely seen as an American hero and a political icon.

The marks of respect for McCain came not just from U.S. presidents and senators, who saw McCain's desk in the Chamber draped in black fabric with a vase of white roses on Monday. Vice President Mike Pence is likely to attend, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

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DNA analysis of some remains last year showed the dead ranged from 35 weeks to 3-years-old and most were buried in the 1950s. In the Irish capital, about 5,000 abuse victims and supporters braved the weather to attend a "Stand for Truth" rally.

President Donald Trump, who had famously feuded with McCain, tweeted condolences, saying that "hearts and prayers" are with the McCain family.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called McCain "an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions".

"Why won't you say anything about John McCain?" asked exasperated ABC News reporter Jon Karl after repeated attempts to get the president to respond to questions about McCain's legacy throughout the day.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime ally of McCain, said that the decision came "in coordination with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi".

Update 3:14pm CT, Aug. 14: On Monday afternoon, the president released a statement where he said he has signed a proclamation to fly the flag at half-staff until McCain's internment "despite our differences on policy and politics".

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