Remembrances Across the Nation: The Schedule of Tributes to John McCain


Friday, Aug. 31

Mr. McCain’s body, moved from Arizona to Washington by military transport, will lie in state Friday in the Capitol Rotunda, where his family and former colleagues will pay tribute. More than 30 people have been honored this way, and Mr. McCain will be the 13th former senator to be granted the honor, according to the Architect of the Capitol. The morning service, where Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul D. Ryan will speak, will be live-streamed, and members of the public can visit the Rotunda for the rest of the day beginning at 2 p.m.

Washington National Cathedral

Saturday, Sept. 1

A substantial segment of official Washington will turn out Saturday morning to a private memorial service at Washington National Cathedral, where Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama will deliver eulogies. Before he died, Mr. McCain’s closest associates reportedly requested that President Trump, who has feuded with the senator, not appear at the ceremony, which will be streamed online. On the way there, Mr. McCain’s motorcade will pause at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where Cindy McCain, Mr. McCain’s wife, will lay a wreath.

United States Naval Academy

Sunday, Sept. 2

Mr. McCain, a Vietnam War veteran, will be buried at the United States Naval Academy on Sunday next to a lifelong friend, Chuck Larson. A handwritten sign already marks the site of the grave, a “beautiful spot overlooking the Severn River,” as Mr. McCain wrote in his last book, “The Restless Wave.”

The academy, which he graduated from in 1958, has long been central to Mr. McCain’s telling of his biography: He made one of his final public appearances there in October. “I would discover that a sense of honor had been imparted to me here that would speak to me in the darkest hours,” he told the Brigade of Midshipmen. “And so I come back, again and again, to the place where I learned to dread dishonor.”