PHOENIX (Tucson News Now) - Arizona's favorite adoptive son will leave the state for the final time around noon Thursday, Aug. 30.
Before that, a public memorial service will be held for the late Sen. John McCain.
McCain, who died Saturday at 81, was a six-term Arizona senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran.
While the event was open to the public, space at the North Phoenix Baptist Church is limited.
We will start our coverage at 9:45 a.m. and the memorial is expected to run until noon.
At approximately 9 a.m, Sen. McCain will be carried with ceremony from the Arizona State Capitol by Arizona National Guard personnel and the motorcade will depart for the church.
The public is welcome to line the motorcade route from the Arizona State Capitol to North Phoenix Baptist Church. The route is as follows:
- Northbound 17th Avenue to westbound Adams.
- Westbound Adams to northbound Interstate 17.
- Northbound Interstate 17 to eastbound Camelback Road.
- Eastbound Camelback Road to northbound Central Avenue.
- Northbound Central Avenue to the second church driveway.
During the memorial, speakers will include McCain's children, Grant Woods, Tommy Espinoza, Bridget McCain, Joe Biden, Larry Fitzgerald and Andy McCain.
The ceremony will go as follows:
- Welcome and Invocation by Senior Pastor Dr. Noe Garcia
- Hymn, “Amazing Grace,” performed by the Brophy Student Ensemble
- Reading, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, read by Bridget McCain
- Tribute by Grant Woods
- Tribute by Tommy Espinoza
- Hymn, performed by Jonah LittleSunday, Navajo flutist
- Tribute by Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.
- Tribute by Vice President Joe Biden
- Reading, 2 Timothy 4:6-8 by Andrew McCain
- Song, “Arizona,” performed by the Brophy Student Ensemble
- Message by Father Edward Reese
- Hymn, “Going Home,” performed by Bryan Jeffries on bagpipe
- Benediction and Dismissal by Senior Pastor Dr. Noe Garcia
- Recessional, “My Way,” original music by Frank Sinatra
After the ceremony is over, McCain's body will be transported to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
McCain will then be flown to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He is expected to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and will be received with ceremony by Armed Forces Body Bearers.
Starting at 11 a.m., Sen. McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. A ceremony in the Rotunda will begin at approximately 11 a.m.
That ceremony includes:
- Invocation by Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Remarks by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
- Remarks by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
- Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence
- Presentation of the Senate Wreath by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
- Presentation of the House Wreath by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
- Presentation of the Administration Wreath by Vice President Mike Pence
- Benediction by Rear Admiral Barry C. Black, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate
At 2 p.m., the public will be allowed inside to pay their respects.
At 8 a.m., there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial.
At 10 a.m., a private memorial service will be held at Washington National Cathedral.
Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak, as are McCain's daughter Meghan and son Jimmy.
Henry Kissinger, senators Joe Lieberman, Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham, Vice President Joe Biden, actor Warren Beatty and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will also attend or participate in the service.
McCain will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
His grave site will be on a grassy hill, right next to a lifelong friend Admiral Chuck Larson, who died in 2014.