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McCain’s body arrives in Annapolis for burial

September 03, 2018

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ANNAPOLIS: Spectators watch a hearse containing the body of John McCain arrive for a private memorial service and burial at the US Naval Academy on Sunday.—Reuters
ANNAPOLIS: Spectators watch a hearse containing the body of John McCain arrive for a private memorial service and burial at the US Naval Academy on Sunday.—Reuters

ANNAPOLIS: The body of John McCain arrived on Sunday at the US Naval Academy, where the Vietnam War hero, Arizona senator and presidential candidate will be buried in a cemetery on the grounds of the school where he graduated six decades ago.

Crowds gathered along the route to Annapolis travelled by the motorcade bearing McCain’s body.

Family and friends, along with the academy’s class of 1958 and the current Brigade of Midshipmen, plan to commemorate McCain, who died on Aug 25 at age 81, at the Naval Academy chapel.

McCain will be buried next to his classmate and friend, Admiral Chuck Larson, a former commander of US Pacific Command who died in 2014, according to the McCain family.

Among those paying tribute to McCain at Sunday’s private service will be his sons Jack and Don, retired Army General David Petraeus and Senator Lindsey Graham, a long-time political ally and friend. President Donald Trump will not attend.

During both the Washington ceremony and the Annapolis burial, Trump was at his private golf course in Virginia.

Published in Dawn, September 3rd, 2018