Tributes have poured in for John McCain after the Arizona Senator lost his battle with brain cancer over the weekend at the age of 81.
The much-respected politician and war hero will be memorialized at ceremonies in both Arizona and Washington D.C. this week, before being laid to rest in the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland in a private ceremony.
“The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service,” Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that revealed the longtime politician would lie in state at the U.S. capitol. “The Senate is keeping Cindy, the McCain family, all of John’s friends and staff, and the people of Arizona in our prayers at this tremendously difficult time.
A public memorial service for Senator McCain will take place on Saturday September 1st at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and will be livestreamed. Although details have yet to be finalized it is expected former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will speak at the service.
Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: pic.twitter.com/3GBjNYxoj5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2018
Former president Obama released a statement, saying in part, “Few of us have been tested the way John 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. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt.”
"Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.” […] Full statement by President George W. Bush https://t.co/FQVYWIUyGL pic.twitter.com/W8LCxJXRLi
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) August 26, 2018
Former president George W. Bush released an official statement remembering McCain as a “friend whom I’ll deeply miss,” writing, “Some lives are so vivid, it’s difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it’s hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. And to me, he was a friend whom I’ll deeply miss. Laura and I send our heartfelt sympathies to Cindy and the entire McCain family, and our thanks to God for the life of John McCain.”