Arizona to mourn Senator John McCain at state capitol

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Shelby, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee and a former Democrat, is not throwing his support behind the efforts to displace the late Sen. John McCain, giving his respects while signing an order to fly the American flag at half-staff.

This week a legions of friends, family and political leaders will say their final goodbyes at Sen.

The president should know a withdrawal from the nearly 17-year-old war would "blow up" in his face, said Graham, who spoke to reporters about McCain following an emotional floor speech on the Arizona Republican's death. His 82nd birthday would've been today, August 29.

Mr McCain's wife Cindy said her heart was "broken" in a Twitter post praising her "incredible" husband.

The others also speaking: Former vice president Joe Biden, former McCain chief of staff and Arizona state attorney general Grant Woods, businessman Tommy Espinoza, McCain's son Andrew and his daughter Bridget.

Arizona Senator John McCain died on Saturday at the age of 81 following a yearlong battle with 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.

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

Kyl said McCain "believed in America, he believed in its people, in its values and in its institutions".

Sen. Jeff Flake gave a benediction at the ceremony. Soon, the public will be able to visit the capital to pay their respects to the senator.

The memorial tributes followed a few days of confusion at the White House over whether American flags at USA government buildings would be flown at half-staff, in the traditional gesture for prominent political figures who die.

By 8 a.m., several dozen veterans and active military members had taken spots on the sidewalk to watch it.

Hours before the hearse carrying McCain's body made its way from Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary at Seventh Avenue and Bethany Home Road to Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th Avenue and Washington Street, men and women in uniform stood and waited.

Veteran Judith Hatch handed out flags to people in the crowd, saying Arizona lost a champion for the military. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said of McCain, "He'd be the first person - if he were here - to say, 'No, we need to put this through a process that would be like the historic process used in the Senate".

As for how the McCain family is holding up, Rick Davis, his former campaign manager said "It's nearly as if the Senator prepared them for this moment".

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