Shane Doan set to service as pallbearer at McCain's memorial service

28 August, 2018, 18:42 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • North Vietnam wearing an arm cast. He was a held prisoner during the Vietnam War

McCain, a six-term Arizona senator who died at 81 after a long battle with brain cancer, was widely respected for his history as a Vietnam war hero and his commitment to his moral code over party alliance.

A monument to McCain on the shores of the Hanoi lake where was he was captured after his plane was shot down in 1967 has turned into a de facto shrine to him as news of his death reached Vietnam.

Trump's reluctance to participate in the national remembrance was awkward and uncomfortable, even by the standards of a leader who acknowledges he doesn't act like a typical president. Trump initially tweeted condolences to McCain's family, but made no mention then of the Arizona Republican with whom he feuded for years. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities overseas, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

Finally, under pressure from veterans and members of Congress, Trump said in a statement later on Monday that he respected McCain's service to the nation and had ordered flags to half-staff. "Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Senator John McCain. and we very much appreciate everything Senator McCain has done for our country". The president also reportedly told Kelly to give the McCain family anything they need. But reporters appeared more interested in the president's minimal response to McCain's legacy.

Throughout Trump's presidency, McCain did not hesitate to speak candidly about policy differences with Trump, including the president's friendly posture toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russell served in the Senate from 1933 until his death and was known as a "senator's senator" due to his mastery of Senate rules.

The American flag files at half-staff at the White House, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Washington.

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The absence of a formal communique from the White House has raised eyebrows and was all the more conspicuous after Vice-President Mike Pence along with most of the cabinet, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and all the living former presidents had issued their own statements over the weekend.

While the president's statement sought to defuse the controversy, the upcoming weeklong celebration of McCain's life is likely to bring new awkwardness.

The others also speaking: Former vice president Joe Biden, former McCain chief of staff and Arizona state attorney general Grant Woods, businessman Tommy Espinoza, McCain's son Andrew and his daughter Bridget.

"There really is no room in the McCain family today to focus on anything but him".

There, "military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport" will partake in a funeral service at the U.S. Naval Academy, his statement added.

In death, McCain himself had more to say.

A final letter from Sen.

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