WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain, who died on Saturday at age 81, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda and obtain a full gown funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.
Mr. McCain, who served for 20 years in the Navy after graduating from the Naval Academy and who represented Arizona in Congress for 35 years, may even lie in state at the Arizona Capitol earlier than his burial in Annapolis, Md., a Republican official concerned in the planning mentioned.
The senator’s workplace mentioned an official memorial schedule could be introduced as soon as funeral preparations have been finalized.
Two Republicans conversant in the planning mentioned that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been requested to supply eulogies at his funeral. Under initial plans for Mr. McCain’s funeral, Vice President Mike Pence was to attend, however not President Trump, who clashed repeatedly with Mr. McCain.
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the highest Senate Democrat, mentioned on Saturday that he would introduce a decision to rename the Russell Senate Office Building — at present named for Senator Richard Russell of Georgia, who typically opposed civil rights laws — in honor of Mr. McCain.
More than 30 folks have been honored by mendacity in state in the Capitol Rotunda, a gesture reserved for the nation’s “most eminent citizens,” for the reason that follow started in 1852 after the dying of Henry Clay, the previous House speaker and senator from Kentucky. Mr. McCain could be the 13th former senator to be granted the distinction, in accordance to the Architect of the Capitol.
Such remembrances in the Capitol are both formally accredited by congressional decision or licensed by the congressional management, in accordance to the Architect of the Capitol.
In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered all flags to be lowered to half-staff.
Last month, as Mr. McCain neared the tip of his monthslong battle with mind most cancers, the Navy expanded the title of the guided missile destroyer John S. McCain to formally embrace the senator, who joined his father and grandfather, each Navy admirals and Annapolis graduates. The annual navy spending invoice was also named for Mr. McCain, who served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Jonathan Martin contributed reporting.