Schedule of events for John McCain memorial services


The Arizona Republic has the details for the memorial service for Senator John McCain, additional details from and

Wednesday viewing at Arizona Capitol

Where will McCain’s casket be displayed?

McCain’s body will rest under the copper-domed rotunda at the old state Capitol building, located at 1700 W. Washington St. It’s not yet known which entrance the public will use to enter the building.

How will the memorials begin?

A private ceremony is planned in the Capitol rotunda at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Speakers will include Gov. Doug Ducey and former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake will offer a benediction, and former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe will present a wreath.

Can the public attend Wednesday’s events?

Yes. Members of the public are invited to pay their respects during a public viewing starting at 2 p.m. The Capitol will stay open until everyone in line has had a chance to participate.

The tribute will be livestreamed at

How long will the lines be?

Thousands of Arizonans are expected to attend. Be prepared to wait in line for an extended period of time. The line is likely to stretch outside, where there isn’t shade.

Thursday service in north Phoenix

How can I get a ticket?

UPDATE: Tickets to the memorial service were no longer available as of Tuesday afternoon.

Limited public seating is available for McCain’s 10 a.m. Thursday service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave.

Attendees must be seated by no later than 9:30 a.m.

What if I don’t get a ticket?

The public is welcome to line nearby streets to observe a motorcade escorting McCain’s body and his family to the memorial service. It will depart from the state Capitol around 9:15 a.m.

The procession, which is expected to last about 30 minutes, will proceed along a set route:

Northbound 17th Avenue to Westbound Adams Street
Westbound Adams Street to Northbound Interstate 17
Northbound Interstate 17 to Eastbound Camelback Road
Eastbound Camelback Road to Northbound Central Avenue.
Northbound Central Avenue to North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Memorial Service at North Phoenix Baptist Church

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Senator John McCain will occur at the North Phoenix Baptist Church at 10:00am local time on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Doors will open to the public at 8:00am local time and all guests must be seated by 9:30am local time. Please arrive early as all guests must go through security and anyone arriving after 9:30am local time will not be allowed into the church.

See security requirements at


Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the Thursday service at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Private ceremony at Sky Harbor

After the service, McCain’s body will be taken to Sky Harbor International Airport for a private ceremony with active-duty National Guard members and their families.

McCain’s family will then fly with his casket to Washington, D.C.

Friday viewing at the U.S. Capitol

On Friday, Senator McCain will lie in state at the United States Capitol, where the senator’s family, colleagues, staff and the public will honor his life and service. At approximately 11:00am ET, a ceremony will take place in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda honoring the life and service of Senator McCain.

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the U.S. Capitol ceremony honoring Sen. John McCain.

At the conclusion of the formal ceremony the public is invited to pay their respects as Senator McCain lies in state for the remainder of the day.

All visitors must enter through the Capitol Visitor Center and will be directed to the Rotunda to pay their respects to Senator McCain between the hours of 2:00pm ET – 8:00pm ET.

Public Procession from U.S. Capitol To Vietnam War Memorial

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, at approximately 8:30am ET, Senator McCain will be carried with ceremony from the U.S. Capitol by Armed Forces Body Bearers, secured and moved by motorcade to Washington National Cathedral. The motorcade will pause at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where Mrs. Cindy McCain will lay a ceremonial wreath honoring all whose lives were lost during the Vietnam War. The public is welcome to line the procession route along Constitution Avenue to pay their respects to Senator McCain.

National memorial Service at Washington National Cathedral

On Saturday, September 1 at 10:00am ET, a national memorial service celebrating the life of Senator McCain will take place at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Senator McCain’s family, friends, congressional colleagues and staff, as well as U.S. and international leaders have been invited to attend and participate in the service.

The pallbearers will carry McCain’s coffin at the Washington National Cathedral memorial service on Saturday: Vice President Joe Biden, Warren Beatty, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.), former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.), former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge (R), McCain’s former chief of staff Mark Salter, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Vice Chairman of Open Russia Vladimir Kara-Murza, fundraiser Carla Eudy, businessman Stephen Dart and former McCain presidential campaign manager, Richard Davis.


Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will deliver eulogies at the memorial service at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday. McCain’s daughter, Meghan will also speak at this service.


John McCain will be buried in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in a private ceremony.


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) are expected to speak during the Sunday service.

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