McCain to be buried at US Naval Academy on Sept. 2

McCain to be buried at US Naval Academy on Sept. 2
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics Virginia race looms as dark cloud over Biden's agenda  MORE (R-Ariz.), who died on Saturday, will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 2, following a week of memorial services commemorating his life. 

McCain, 81, died on Aug. 25, just more than a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. 

The Senate giant will be laid to rest next to his Naval Academy classmate and friend Adm. Chuck Larson, according to a schedule of events from his office. McCain graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958. 

"As classmates at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Air Station Pensacola flight school, Senator McCain and Admiral Chuck Larson developed a close friendship that endured throughout their adult lives," the statement from McCain's office says.

His burial will be held after a national memorial service at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., that Saturday.


Before he died of leukemia in 2014, Larson reserved four plots of land for himself, McCain, and their spouses at the Naval Academy cemetery, according to the press release.  

McCain, who served in Congress for decades after being held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years, is scheduled to lie in the Arizona State Capitol on Wedensday and the U.S. Capitol on Friday, according to the release.

More than 30 people have been honored by lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda, and only two individuals have been chosen to lay in state 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, according to McCain's office.