Lying in State at Arizona State Capitol

On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Senator McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol where the public is invited to pay their respects and honor the senator’s life and service.

At approximately 10:00am local time, a private ceremony will take place inside the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to pay their respects to Senator McCain starting at 2:00pm local time. More information about the public viewing will be posted online here. Please check back for more details.

For ceremony details, please click here.

Guidance Note: 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.

Guidance Note: 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.

Coverage Details:

TV – Fox Pool

Photographers – Associated Press Pool

Press credentialing for this service is now closed.

More information for the public is available here.