Ser­vice held for McCain

Se­na­tor to be laid to rest at US Naval Academy

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Melissa Daniels and Nicholas Ric­cardi

PHOENIX » Cindy McCain pressed her face against the flag- draped cas­ket of her hus­band, U.S. Sen. John McCain, on Wed­nes­day and sev­eral of his chil­dren sobbed dur­ing the first of two ser­vices for the states­man and for­mer pris­oner of war be­fore he is taken for the last time from the state he has rep­re­sented since the 1980s.

The pri­vate ser­vice at the Ari­zona Capi­tol marked the first ap­pear­ance of McCain’s fam­ily mem­bers since the se­na­tor died Satur­day of brain can­cer.

Dur­ing the ser­vice, Gov. Doug Ducey re­mem­bered McCain as a se­na­tor and in­ter­na­tion­ally known fig­ure as well as a ma­jor fig­ure in the his­tory of Ari­zona.

While Barry Gold­wa­ter was an Ari­zona na­tive, McCain was “Ari­zona’s fa­vorite adopted son,” the gov­er­nor said on would have been the 82nd birth­day of McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal zone while his fa­ther served in the mil­i­tary.

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

For­mer Ari­zona Sen. Jon Kyl said he has been with McCain all around the world and he had bet­ter in­stincts on when to as­sert U.S. power than any­one else he knew.

Kyl said he would miss McCain, whose great­est con­tri­bu­tion was na­tional se­cu­rity.

Sen. Jeff Flake of­fered the bene­dic­tion at the ser­vice.

Later in the af­ter­noon, the Capi­tol will be open to the public to pay their re­spects.

Ari­zona Na­tional Guard mem­bers car­ried the cas­ket into the Ari­zona State Capi­tol Mu­seum ro­tunda, where McCain will lie in state. Black cur­tains hung in the ro­tunda. U.S. and Ari­zona flags en­cir­cled the room.

By the time the ser­vice ended and the ro­tunda was cleared, at least 100 peo­ple had al­ready gath­ered out­side to wait for the public view­ing.

They took shel­ters from the hot sun un­der tents erected by se­cu­rity teams while vol­un­teers filled cool­ers with ice and water bot­tles.

Ch­a­sity Pullin, whose hus­band and fa­ther are both vet­er­ans, was among those in line. She said she liked how McCain didn’t act like he was above oth­ers, and praised all he did for vet­er­ans.

“It feels like you’re los­ing part of your fam­ily, as much as he did,” she said

Kas­san­dra Mo­rales, 44, stood with her sons, 8 and 2 years old. The sin­gle mom and Demo­crat brought a bou­quet of flow­ers and said she had al­ways looked up to McCain.

“Yes­ter­day I asked my son who his hero was. He gave me a rap­per’s name,” Mo­rales said. “I brought my chil­dren here to show them what a real hero was.”

Vet­eran Judith Hatch handed out flags to those as­sem­bled, say­ing Ari­zona lost a cham­pion for the mil­i­tary.

“We def­i­nitely have lost a strong ad­vo­cate, so we’ll need some­one who is go­ing to step up to the plate,” Hatch said.

The view­ing later in the day will go on as long as peo­ple are wait­ing in line, said Rick Davis, McCain’s for­mer pres­i­den­tial cam­paign man­ager.

For some Ari­zona res­i­dents, McCain has been a po­lit­i­cal fix­ture in the state for their en­tire lives. He took of­fice in the state in the early 1980s, first as a con­gress­man and then as a se­na­tor in the seat once held by Gold­wa­ter.

Thurs­day morn­ing will fea­ture a pro­ces­sion through Phoenix on the way to a me­mo­rial ser­vice at North Phoenix Bap­tist Church, with the public in­vited to line the route along In­ter­state 17.

The me­mo­rial ser­vice will in­clude trib­utes, read­ings and mu­si­cal per­for­mances, in­clud­ing a trib­ute from for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den. Mu­si­cal choices in­clude a re­ces­sional to “My Way” by Frank Si­na­tra.

From there, McCain will de­part Ari­zona from Phoenix Sky Har­bor In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

An­other view­ing will be at the U.S. Capi­tol on Fri­day, with a fi­nal me­mo­rial ser­vice at the Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral.

JAE C. HONG — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Meghan McCain, daugh­ter of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. cries at the cas­ket of her fa­ther dur­ing a me­mo­rial ser­vice at the Ari­zona Capi­tol on Wed­nes­day in Phoenix.

JAE C. HONG — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. stands with her sons Jack and Jimmy, right, dur­ing a me­mo­rial ser­vice at the Ari­zona Capi­tol on Wed­nes­day in Phoenix.

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