Final farewells to Sen. John McCain begin at Arizona Capitol

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Final farewells to Sen. John McCain begin at Arizona Capitol

"So, thank you very much".

During a brief private service inside the Capitol rotunda, Gov. Doug Ducey remembered McCain as a senator and internationally known figure as well as a key figure in the history of the Arizona.

Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Roy Blunt would normally be responsible for moving a resolution to rename a Capitol facility for McCain.

From there, McCain will depart Arizona for the last time from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. "He's crawling the damn walls because they're running story after story on John McCain and he hates it because he's not the center of attention". Jon Kyl who both gave heartfelt remarks. US and Arizona flags encircled the room.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said that "the world will never be the same" without McCain's voice.

"John has created a long line of people that are coming after you", he said.

"The impact that he's had on myself, Arizona, the nation", Fitzgerald said.

"I'm happy being here for him because he was for me when I was in Desert Storm and Desert Shield".

Ducey echoed McCain's love for the state, saying, "Imagining an Arizona without John McCain is like imagining an Arizona without the Grand Canyon". "Privileged to have John McCain fighting for us". She said she liked how McCain didn't act as though he was above others, and she praised all he did for veterans.

"We definitely have lost a strong advocate, so we'll need someone who is going to step up to the plate", Hatch said.

Kassandra Morales took her 8-year-old son Mathew, pictured playing with toy soldiers while waiting in line, because she wanted to show her kids "what a real hero is".

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who served with McCain for 31 years, said Monday he was in favor of "naming nearly any building" for McCain, but added, "I'm not sure that I would make a decision on a specific building at this point". Privileged to proudly call him a fellow Arizonan. "It's just not natural".

"It's a fight all Americans are obligated to continue on his behalf".

McCain's lifelong friend and former Congressman Jim Kolbe placed a wreath by his side before Sen.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) are co-sponsoring a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after the late Sen. "We can be proud he was OUR Senator", said KyI.

The final words of the ceremony were read by Father Reese.

Also that day, President Donald Trump was accused of insensitivity to McCain's death, as the flag atop the White House was returned to full staff while those at the U.S. Capitol and elsewhere around Washington remained at half-staff.

"In order to make sure we realize these intentions", McConnell said, "I'd like to put together an official group that can collaborate and bring together ideas from current member, former colleagues and friends".

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