Here's How John McCain Will Be Memorialized This Week

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Typical practice is for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment.

Mr. McCain's remains will lie in state at Arizona's capitol on Wednesday, before a public viewing Friday in the rotunda of the US Capitol - an honor reserved for the likes of John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and civil rights champion Rosa Parks.

President Donald Trump was not expected to attend any of the services.

John McCain's service to his country has come to an end. "Our hearts and prayers are with you".

Throughout McCain's illness, Trump continued to publicly snub him - including at a recent appearance in which the president declined to say McCain's name when signing a bill that was named for him. "McCain has done for our country".

Obama, who ran against the Republican senator from the western state of Arizona in the 2008 presidential election and defeated him, noted how despite their different generations, backgrounds and politics, "we saw this country as a place where anything is possible".

White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment on reports that Trump had refused to issue a statement prepared by staff praising the heroism and life of McCain.

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Senator John McCain, who died Saturday after a yearlong battle with brain cancer, will be honored at ceremonies in Arizona and Washington. In October 1967, the then US Navy pilot McCain parachuted out of his Skyhawk jet to be taken prisoner and spend more than five years as a prisoner of war.

Joe Gruber, of Anthem, Ariz., holds an American flag at an overpass along Interstate 17 as he and dozens of others wait for the procession with the hearse carrying the late Arizona Sen.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had issued a government-wide notification after McCain's death to lower flags at U.S. facilities but rescinded it on Monday, leaving the decision to staff at individual sites, according to an official. "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", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. McCain served in the chamber for six terms, most recently as chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.

There's been widespread criticism on social media regarding the White House's decision to bring the flag back up to full staff Monday.

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