Hero’s farewell for US sen­a­tor

Warwick Daily News - - WORLD -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple joined the fam­ily of John Mc­Cain to pay their re­spects to the late US sen­a­tor in the Ari­zona cap­i­tal yes­ter­day.

Mourn­ers stood for hours in sear­ing heat be­fore fil­ing past Mr Mc­Cain’s cas­ket in the Ari­zona Capi­tol build­ing.

An ear­lier pri­vate ser­vice marked the first ap­pear­ance of his fam­ily since the Repub­li­can sen­a­tor died on Satur­day of brain can­cer. Mr Mc­Cain’s tear­ful wife Cindy pressed her face against the cas­ket while his daugh­ter Meghan wept openly as she said good­bye.

The cer­e­mony be­gan two days of mourn­ing in Ari­zona be­fore his body is taken to Wash­ing­ton for a view­ing at the US Capi­tol, fol­lowed by burial at the US Naval Academy in Mary­land.

Gover­nor Doug Ducey re­mem­bered Mr Mc­Cain as “Ari­zona’s favourite adopted son” on what would have been his 82nd birth­day.

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. “Imag­in­ing an Ari­zona with­out John Mc­Cain is like pic­tur­ing Ari­zona with­out the Grand Canyon,” Mr Ducey said.

Pic­ture: AP PHOTO

Meghan Mc­Cain cries over the cas­ket of her fa­ther John Mc­Cain in Phoenix yes­ter­day.

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