Honoring John McCain: Joe Biden, Arizona lawmakers speak at memorial service — live updates

John McCain memorial schedule

Senator McCain’s family and friends, along with state, local and tribal officials, and business and civic leaders from across Arizona have been invited to attend the service at the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

The Arizona National Guard will retrieve McCain’s casket ahead of the processional, and his family will proceed to the rear of the hearse to observe the casket removal before entering the church.

Beyond Biden, speakers at Thursday’s ceremony include an old friend, Tommy Espinoza, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, McCain’s son and daughter Andrew and Bridget, and former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods.

Afterward, McCain’s casket will then depart Arizona for the last time en route to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. He will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday before his weekend service in Washington and final burial in Annapolis, Maryland.

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