White House flag no longer at half-staff after McCain's death

27 August, 2018, 18:55 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • An American flag above the White House flies at full-staff less than 48 hours after the death of Sen. John McCain Monday Aug. 27 2018 in Washington

Lying in state, according to the Architect of the Capitol, is an honour reserved for "government officials and military officers" and involves laying the casket of the deceased in the Rotunda of the US Capitol, where the public can come and offer final respects.

The funeral service for McCain has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m., at Washington National Cathedral. As he wished, McCain will be buried next to a Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, Chuck Larson. The scholarship will go to a young Vietnamese leader committed to public service will be chosen each year to travel to the USA on a study tour to deepen ties between people in the two countries.

America paid tribute Sunday to John McCain, the Vietnam War hero and two-time presidential candidate with a legendary temper whose personal courage and insistence on treating even his foes with respect earned him near-universal admiration. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he wrote on Saturday night.

The office of Barack and Michelle Obama released a statement on the death of Mr McCain, in which Mr Obama wrote that despite all their differences, they shared "a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed". The White House lowered the flag to half-staff in honor of McCain.

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The absence of a formal communique from the White House has raised eyebrows and was all the more conspicuous after Vice President Mike Pence along with most of the cabinet, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and all the living former presidents had issued their own statements over the weekend.

"He loved every piece and place that he traveled here in our state".

"Condolences to senator and war veteran John McCain, who greatly contributed to the normalization of Vietnam-U.S. relations", said one message in Vietnamese that was left at the sculpture and attached to a bouquet of flowers on Monday. A funeral will be conducted Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church with former Vice President Joe Biden speaking. "Some voices are so vibrant, it's hard to think of them stilled".

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Former President Jimmy Carter called McCain "a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word".

He said the United States veteran "showed us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not outdated concepts or cliches, but the building blocks or an extraordinary life".

Kelli Ward, who lost a primary to McCain running from the right in 2016 and is now trying to win the GOP nomination for retiring Sen. "He put country before self", Ryan said.

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