The Phoenix memorial follows a few days of confusion at the White House over whether American flags at US government buildings would be flown at half-staff, in the traditional gesture for prominent political figures following their deaths.
Democrats as well as Republicans were effusive in their praise of McCain as they returned to Congress on Monday evening, celebrating his storied military career and 31 years representing Arizona in the US Senate. John McCain by creating an official group to vet a variety of memorial options.
The senator passed at age 81 "in the place he loved best" at his home near Sedona. Wednesday would have been his 82nd birthday.
Following a Thursday memorial at a Phoenix church, McCain's body will be flown to Washington where he will lie in state on Friday at the U.S. Capitol before a Saturday funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.
For results and reaction, listen to KTAR News 92.3 FM's primary roundtable program Tuesday from 8 p.m.to 10 p.m. "So, thank you very much". John McCain in Phoenix, Arizona, Aug. 29, 2018.
McCain would have turned 82 on Wednesday.
In the rotunda, Sen. He's only the third person to get such an honor in the state of Arizona in the past 40 years. Republican reaction to the Schumer proposal was mixed, even as Sen. Jon Kyl who both gave heartfelt remarks.
Starting a week of somber events honoring the life and legacy of Senator John McCain, the body of the late senator is lying in state at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday. We sometimes think politics is life and death but John McCain knew better because he actually saw death and dying and tragedy. Angus King (I-Maine) told CNN he "can't imagine a more appropriate place to put John McCain's name".
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Fitzgerald said it might be tough for him to get in everything he has to say about McCain in the five to six minutes allotted to him. "We can be proud he was our senator". I learned a great deal from him.
McCain was greeted by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and First Lady Angela Ducey. The single mom and Democrat brought a bouquet of flowers and said she had always looked up to McCain.
McCain's wife, Cindy, widely seen as a possible candidate for appointment to succeed her husband, led a procession of relatives and dignitaries past his casket.
"He believed in something", said Hubbard, who had voted for McCain. A year ago, Ward demanded that McCain to resign and for Ducey to appoint her as his replacement. "It's just not natural".
"It's a fight all Americans are obligated to continue on his behalf".
The final words of the ceremony were read by Father Reese. There's going to be a lot of activity over the next number of days. Members of the public began lining up hours in advance for a casket viewing that was to begin in the afternoon.