Tucson cemetery helping southern Arizonans say goodbye to Sen. McCain

Tucson cemetery helping southern Arizonans say goodbye to Sen. McCain

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thousands of people are expected to head to Phoenix on Wednesday, Aug. 29, to say goodbye to Sen. John McCain as his body lies in state in the capital, before he heads off to Washington D.C. on Thursday Aug. 30.

Funeraria del Angel South Lawn is hoping to help those who aren't able to make it to Phoenix to pay respect to the Maverick senator. The funeral home and cemetery has set out a register book for people to sign any time during business hours.

"We hope to give the community some type of outlet and some type of connection here in Tucson so if they can't make it to Phoenix to go to the service we have a little memorial right here for them," General Manager of Funeraria del Angel South Lawn James Gibson says of the register book.

Funeraria del Angel staff decided to put out the register book on Sunday in just the past few days the book has collected multiple pages worth of thank you messages, well wishes, and even some stories of people's time serving with Sen. McCain during the Vietnam War. The cemetery will mail the book to the McCain family next week, after all of the services have wrapped up and McCain has been interred at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

The register book is something the cemetery does for special and notable figures such as McCain.

"We've done that when other dignitaries have passed away, the pope and so on. So we've had the register book out before," Gibson said.

Funeraria del Angel South Lawn says the book for McCain is something they hope to have serve as a meaningful way for Tucson area locals to say goodbye to the man who left such a legacy in our state.

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