How you can pay your respects to Sen. John McCain


Senator John McCain has died of brain cancer at age 81. He died at his home Arizona home Saturday afternoon.

  • Born on August 29th, 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone. His father was a four-star Navy admiral.
  • Joined the Navy in 1960 and was shot down over Vietnam in 1967. He was taken prisoner and held captive for five-and-a-half years, undergoing beatings and other inhumane treatment. He suffered permanent injuries as a result.
  • McCain was elected to the House of Representatives in 1983. In 1987, he became a U.S. senator from Arizona.
  • He sought the Republican nomination for President in 2000, but lost out to George W. Bush. 
  • He won the Republican nomination in 2008, but he and Sarah Palin lost the presidential election to the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
  • He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2017.
  • McCain was a notable critic of President Trump and at one point asked that the President not attend his funeral.
  • He was long known as the Senate's maverick for views and votes that did not hew to any simple party line.
  • He leaves behind his second wife Cindy and seven children, most notably political commentator Meghan McCain.

Senator John McCain, the onetime prisoner of war who became an outspoken and often controversial figure in the U.S. Senate, has died of brain cancer at the age of 81.

The six-term senator from Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was found to have an aggressive brain tumor in late July 2017 but returned to Washington to cast a decisive vote against a controversial health care bill.

A self-described political maverick whose actions, opinions and statements often came as a surprise to his colleagues, McCain made the memorable -- and controversial -- decision to select Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign.

John Sidney McCain III was born in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was stationed, on August 29th, 1936. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and trained as a pilot. On October 26th, 1967, he was shot down over North Vietnam during a bombing run and suffered severe injuries, some at the hands of the soldiers who captured him. Because of his father's military prominence, McCain was treated as a propaganda prize yet tortured when he would not accede to his captors' demands for information and cooperation. 

McCain was finally released from captivity in 1973, returned home with a permanently damaged shoulder and retired from the Navy in 1980. In 1982, with the financial backing of his wealthy second wife, he was elected to Congress from Arizona. In 1986, he succeeded Barry Goldwater as a senator from the state.

During his third term in the Senate, he unsuccessfully battled George W. Bush of Texas to be the Republican candidate for president in 2000. He tried again in 2008 and succeeded, but lost the general election to Barack Obama. He remained in the Senate.

He was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017 and underwent surgery. On August 24th, 2018, it was announced that he had terminated his medical treatment. He died the following day.


Mr. McCain will lie in state at the US Capital Rotunda on Friday, August 31st beginning at 10am.  On Saturday, a private ceremony will be held at the National Catherdral and we understand that the service will be streamed online.  Senator McCain will then be buried on Sunday at the US Naval Academy.  

Jenni Chase

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