Tributes paid in Vietnam to ex-prisoner of war John McCain

28 August, 2018, 13:11 | Author: Judith Dennis
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A private burial service next Sunday will conclude almost a week of events honoring the Navy aviator, prisoner of war, congressman, longtime senator and presidential contender.

McCain, one of Graham's "dearest friends and mentor", died at age 81 on Saturday, and will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. There will be a service for McCain in Arizona this week, a Republican close to the McCain family told CNN.

In Vietnam, people went to the US Embassy to pay their respects to McCain who had played an important role in normalizing diplomatic relations with the US in 1995.

A televised funeral service will begin at 10 a.m.at the Washington National Cathedral.

Tributes to McCain continued to pour in from former USA presidents, members of Congress and foreign leaders while Trump golfed on Sunday.

A private funeral is planned for Sunday afternoon at the Naval Academy Chapel followed by a private burial at the academy cemetery. His grave site will overlook the Severn River, and will be next his best friend from his Naval Academy days, Admiral Chuck Larson.

Wallace then said, "I did watch some Fox News on Saturday night, and even his favorite network Fox News celebrated American hero John McCain".

With the proclamation and statement, Trump was conforming to standard protocol when a prominent member of government dies.

Mr McCain's family said the late Vietnam War veteran, who was hailed as a hero for spending months in enemy prison after being captured, recently demanded that his doctors should stop administering medication because his cancer had reached irrecoverable stage. He had battled brain cancer.

President Donald Trump broke his silence on the passing of U.S. Sen.

Trump also said in the statement that he would send Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and National Security Adviser John Bolton to represent the administration at McCain's services.

President Obama, who saw Sens.

McCain will lie in state at the Arizona state capitol Wednesday with his first memorial service taking place Thursday in Phoenix.

The sight of the flag being at full staff above the White House did not sit well with many people on Twitter, who made their thoughts known loud and clear.

In more than three decades in Congress, McCain became known as a political maverick willing to stick to his convictions rather than go along with party leaders - an independent streak that has drawn a mix of respect and ire. John McCain's death, President Donald Trump said he respected the senator's "service to our country" and has signed a proclamation to fly the US flag at half-staff until his burial.

With McCain set to be honored in Arizona's Capitol, GOP Gov. Doug Ducey said in a tweet, "This is a rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man".

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