Arizona Honors John McCain

29 August 2018   Senator John McCain Representatives
All photos courtesy of the AP Pool
Arizona gathers together to honor Senator John McCain.
Governor Ducey released the following video of John McCain today:

There are several events taking place this week to honor Senator John McCain. Here are the details as released by Senator McCain’s representatives:

Today: Wednesday, August 29

At approximately 9:50am, Senator McCain’s motorcade will arrive at the Arizona State Capitol. Mrs. Cindy McCain, family and hearse will arrive at the Arizona State Capitol Plaza. Mrs. Cindy McCain and family will be greeted at the Arizona Capitol Plaza by Governor Doug Ducey and First Lady Angela Ducey. Senator McCain will be retrieved by the Arizona National Guard Casket Team and proceed to the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda. Mrs. Cindy McCain will process to the Rotunda, escorted by her sons, Jack and Jimmy, followed by their immediate family. Arizona veterans, military, law enforcement, fire, and first responders will line both sides of the Capitol Plaza for the procession.

At approximately 9:55am, Senator McCain will be placed on Catafalque in the center of Arizona State Capitol Rotunda via transfer ceremony to Guard of Honor. The private ceremony in the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol will begin at approximately 10:00am PT:

  • Invocation by Father Edward A. Reese, S.J.
  • Remarks by Senator Jon Kyl
  • Remarks by Governor Doug Ducey
  • Presentation of Wreath by Congressman Jim Kolbe
  • Benediction by Senator Jeff Flake 

At the conclusion of the formal ceremony, Mrs. Cindy McCain and family will be escorted to view the casket and lead the procession. Invited guests will then begin to file through and pay their respects to Senator McCain. At approximately 2:00pm, doors will open for the public to pay their respects to Senator McCain as he lies in state in the Rotunda with an Arizona National Guard of Honor in attendance. In the evening, when the public has finished paying their respects, the Capitol will close. The Guard of Honor will remain on duty throughout the night.

As the son of a decorated four-star Navy Admiral, Senator McCain moved frequently throughout his childhood, never spending more than a few years in any given place. He would often explain that the place in which he lived the longest before making a home in Arizona with his wife Cindy was an infamous prison in North Vietnam. When he did finally settle in Arizona, Senator McCain was captivated by the beauty of the state and the pioneering spirit of its citizens. He and Cindy raised their children in Phoenix, and built a home along Oak Creek, between Cottonwood and Sedona, in Cornville, Arizona. “I have never in my life loved one place more,” he wrote.

In the last 40 years, only two individuals have lied in the Arizona State Capitol Museum Rotunda: Arizona State Senator Marilyn Jarrett in 2006 and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, a Tucson resident, in 1980.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 

At approximately 9:05am, Mrs. Cindy McCain and family will arrive at the Arizona State Capitol. Senator McCain will be carried with ceremony from the Arizona State Capitol by Arizona National Guard personnel to the hearse. At approximately 9:15am, the official motorcade will depart for North Phoenix Baptist Church along a public route. The public is invited to line the motorcade route, as follows:

  • Northbound 17th Avenue to Westbound Adams.
  • Westbound Adams to northbound Interstate 17.
  • Northbound Interstate 17 to eastbound Camelback Road.
  • Eastbound Camelback Road to northbound Central Avenue.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, a memorial service will take place at North Phoenix Baptist Church to celebrate the life of Senator John McCain. Senator McCain’s family and friends, along with state, local and tribal officials, and business and civic leaders from across Arizona have been invited to attend the service. In addition, about 1,000 seats have been made available to the public.

At approximately 9:40am, Mrs. Cindy McCain, family and hearse will arrive at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Senior Pastor Dr. Noe Garcia willgreet Mrs. Cindy McCain and family upon arrival and escort them into the church for a brief hold. Upon arrival, an Honor Guard will meet the hearse and stand watch. 

After a brief hold inside the church, Mrs. Cindy McCain and family, Pastor Garcia, and honorary pallbearers will proceed outside to view the casket movement. The Armed Forces Body Bearer Team will then retrieve the casket and proceed into the church. Clergy will proceed into the sanctuary ahead of the casket, followed by honorary pallbearers and family. 

The memorial service will begin at approximately 10:00am PT:

  •             Prelude
  •             Processional
  •             Welcome and Invocation by Senior Pastor Dr. Noe Garcia
  •             Hymn, “Amazing Grace,” performed by the Brophy Student Ensemble
  •             Reading, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, read by Bridget McCain
  •             Tribute by Grant Woods
  •             Tribute by Tommy Espinoza
  •             Hymn, “Expression of Love,” performed by Jonah Littlesunday, Navajo flutist
  •             Tribute by Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.
  •             Tribute by Vice President Joe Biden
  •             Reading, 2 Timothy 4:6-8 by Andrew McCain
  •             Song, “Arizona,” performed by the Brophy Student Ensemble
  •             Message by Father Edward Reese
  •             Hymn, “Going Home,” performed by Jay Smith on bagpipe
  •             Benediction and Dismissal by Senior Pastor Dr. Noe Garcia
  •             Recessional, “My Way,” original music by Frank Sinatra

At approximately 11:15am, during the recessional, Clergy, the Armed Services Body Bearer Team, ceremonial pallbearers, Mrs. Cindy McCain and family will lead the procession. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Senator McCain’s motorcade will depart North Phoenix Baptist Church for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Tributes and Readings (Listed Alphabetically): 

  • Vice President Joseph Biden: Friend. Former Vice President of the United States, six-term United States Senator from Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. First became friends in the late 1970’s when Senator McCain served as the Navy’s liaison to the Senate and accompanied then-Senator Biden on overseas trips.
  • Brophy Student Ensemble. Senator McCain and Cindy McCain’s sons, Jack and Jimmy, attended Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona. The family has been very engaged with the school community.
  • Tommy Espinoza: Friend. President and Chief Executive Officer of the Raza Development Fund Inc. Formerly, President and Executive Director of Chicanos Por La Causa.
  • Larry Fitzgerald: Friend. Wide Receiver for the Arizona Cardinals for 13 seasons, 11-time Pro Bowl selection. All American for the University of Pittsburgh. Walter Payton NFL 2016 Man of the Year.
  • Dr. Noe Garcia: Senior Pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church
  • Jonah Littlesunday: Navajo flutist. Note: Senator McCain had a special relationship with Arizona’s Native American community, and fought tirelessly to uphold the federal government’s solemn obligation to care for and empower tribes. He twice chaired the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs from 1995-1997 and again from 2005-2007.
  • Andrew McCain: Son. President of Hensley Beverage Co.
  • Bridget McCain: Daughter.
  • Jay Smith: Bagpiper.
  • Grant Woods: Friend. Formerly, two-term Attorney General for the State of Arizona, and Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative John McCain. Founder of the Mesa Boys and Girls Club, the Mesa Education Foundation and the Mesa Arts Academy.

Pallbearers (Listed Alphabetically) 

  • Richard Adkerson: Friend. Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Former Chairman of The National WWII Museum.
  • David Berry: Friend. Vice President of Swift Transportation, board of directors of the American Trucking Association and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.
  • Steven Betts: Friend. Founder and President of Betts Real Estate Advisors. Retired Chief Executive Officer of SunCor Development Company.
  • Charles Black: Friend. Chairman of the Prime Policy Group, a subsidiary of Burston Marsteller Global Public Relations. Strategist on the McCain for President Campaign, 2008.
  • Don Brandt: Friend. Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle West and Arizona Public Service. Chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute.
  • Robert Delgado: Friend. Chief Executive Officer of Hensley Beverage Company. Board member for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
  • Shane Doan: Friend. Retired National Hockey League forward. Played 21 seasons and was the all-time goal scorer for the Winnipeg Jets and Phoenix Coyotes, after the franchise moved to Arizona in 1996.   
  • Luis Gonzales: Friend. Retired Major League Baseball outfielder. Played for the Arizona Diamondbacks 1999-2006. Hit the series-winning single in the 2001 World Series.
  • Dr. Oliver Harper, M.D.: Friend and neighbor. Co-founder and past president of the Arizona Medical Clinic, board member for St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and the Phoenix Symphony.
  • Joseph Harper: Friend and neighbor. Partner, Explorador Capital Management, LLC.
  • The Honorable Diane Humetewa: Friend. U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Arizona. Formerly, U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona and counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. 
  • Chris Koch: Friend. Formerly, President of the World Shipping Council. General Counsel of Sea-Land Service Inc., Chairman of the Federal Maritime Administration, and Administrative Assistant to Senator McCain. 
  • George Weisz: Friend. President of Weisz Ventures. Chairman of Scottsdale Community Bank. Former member of the Arizona House of Representatives.
  • Greg Wendt: Friend. Director, Partner of Capital Research Global Investors, and Portfolio Manager at Capital Research and Management Company. Serves on the Board of the American Conservatory Theater and Teach for America.

Ushers (Listed Alphabetically): 

  • Babs Donaldson: Friend. Formerly Deputy Staff Director for Senator McCain.
  • Deb Gullett: Friend. Executive Director Arizona Health Plans. Formerly, member of the Arizona House of Representatives, Chief of Staff to former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, and Administrative Assistant to Senator McCain.
  • Wes Gullett: Friend. Partner and Chief Executive Officer of OH Strategic Communications. Formerly Arizona State Director for Senator McCain and Chief of Staff for former Arizona Governor Fife Symington.
  • Paul Hickman: Friend. President and Chief Executive Officer at the Arizona Bankers Association. Formerly, Arizona State Director for Senator McCain
  • Tim McKone: Friend. Executive Vice President for Federal Relations at AT&T.
  • Bettina Nava: Co-founder and owner of OH Strategic Communications. Formerly, Southwest regional director for the 2008 McCain presidential campaign and Arizona State Director for Senator McCain.
  • Nancy Ives Schroeder: Friend. Senior Director of Communications at West Health. Formerly Communications Director for Senator McCain.
  • Michelle Shipley: Friend. State Director for Senator McCain.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

At approximately 12:00pm, Senator McCain’s motorcade will arrive at the 161st Air Refueling Wing, a unit of the Arizona Air National Guard, at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Mrs. Cindy McCain and family will disembark and observe the transfer ceremony. Members of the Arizona Air and Army National Guard will be in formation to observe the ceremony and deliver the final salute. Senator McCain will be placed onboard a C-32 military aircraft with ceremony by Armed Forces Body Bearers and depart Arizona for the last time at approximately 12:35pm. Note: in the foreground of the departure is Terminal 3 of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, which the Phoenix City Council recently voted to rename: The John S. McCain III Terminal.

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