Arizona State Capitol Ceremony Details

On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Senator McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol. At approximately 9:50am, Senator McCain’s motorcade will arrive at the Arizona State Capitol. Mrs. Cindy McCain and family will be greeted at the Capitol Plaza by Governor Doug Ducey and First Lady Angela Ducey. Senator McCain will be retrieved by the Arizona National Guard Casket Team and proceed to the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda. Mrs. Cindy McCain will process to the Rotunda, escorted by her sons, Jack and Jimmy, followed by their family. Arizona veterans, military, law enforcement, fire, and first responders will line the Capitol Plaza. Senator McCain will be placed on a Catafalque in the center of the Arizona Capitol Rotunda and transfer ceremony to the Guard of Honor.

The private ceremony in the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol will begin at approximately 10:00am PT:

Invocation by Father Edward A. Reese, S.J.
Remarks by Senator Jon Kyl
Remarks by Governor Doug Ducey
Presentation of Wreath by Congressman Jim Kolbe
Benediction by Senator Jeff Flake
Concluding Prayers by Father Edward A. Reese, S.J.

At the conclusion of the formal ceremony, Mrs. Cindy McCain and family will be escorted to view the casket and lead procession. Senator McCain will lie in state in the Rotunda with an Arizona National Guard of Honor in attendance. At approximately 2:00pm, doors will open for the public to pay their respects.

Arizona State Capitol Speakers and Wreath Presenters (Listed Alphabetically)

Governor Doug Ducey: Friend. Governor of the state of Arizona, and formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Cold Stone Creamery.

Senator Jeff Flake: Friend. United States Senator from Arizona and formerly United States Representative for the Sixth District of Arizona.

Congressman James Kolbe: Friend. Former United States Representative for the Fifth District of Arizona. Currently a fellow at the German Marshall Fund, consultant at Kissinger McClarty Associates, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Republican Institute. Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Senator Jon Kyl: Friend. Former United States Senator from Arizona, and the Assistant Senate Republican Leader. Currently senior counsel at Covington & Burling, LLP.

Father Edward A. Reese, S.J.: Friend. President of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, California. Formerly, President of Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona, where John and Cindy McCain’s sons, Jack and Jimmy, attended high school.

More information for the public is available here.