Flags to fly half-staff in honor of Sen. McCain

28 August, 2018, 18:40 | Author: Donnie King
  • The US Senator John Mc Cain in New York

"By lowering flags for not one second more than the bare minimum required by law, in spite of a long-standing tradition of lowering flags until the funeral, the White House is openly showcasing its blatant disrespect for Sen". The Arizona Republican died of brain cancer Saturday at 81 at his ranch near Sedona.

The tributes were to begin in his home state, move to Washington in the first week of September and end with McCain's burial on a leafy hill at the academy in Annapolis, Maryland, next to his best friend from the Class of 1958, Adm.

"McCain will be remembered for his service to the American people, both as an elected official and a military member", Snyder said.

Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.

Through most of Monday, confusion reigned across the federal government, with flags flying at half-staff over the U.S. Capitol and at hundreds of national parks, but at full-staff over the Pentagon and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bush and Obama had been McCain's political opponents, too, blocking his White House ambitions in 2000 and 2008, respectively. Chuck Schumer, formally requested flags at all govenrment buildings remain at half-staff in McCain's honor through his internment. McCain's motorcade will arrive at the Capitol at around 9:50 a.m., and the doors will open for the public to pay the respects ar around 2:00 p.m. That prompted many Americans to lower flags to half-staff, a traditional gesture of honor.

French President Emmanuel Macron wrote that McCain was: "A true American hero". Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts; Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia; and Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, die during his presidency, proclaimed that flags should fly at half-staff for these senators until they were buried.

I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.

McCain was just one of 11 US senators in the state's 116-year history, and on Tuesday, primary voters will decide the nominees in races across all levels of government.

Flake told CBS' "Face the Nation" that McCain "was quick to forgive - certainly put the good of the country above himself, and the fact that his former opponents will be there speaking says all we need to know". Chuck Schumer's spokesperson, Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also requested the Department of Defense to "provide necessary support so that US flags on all government buildings remain at half mast through sunset" on the day of McCain's interment.

McCain's body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington before a procession passing by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Former Vice President Joe Biden is now slated to speak.

Former President George W. Bush called McCain a man of deep conviction, a "patriot of the highest order" and a "public servant in the finest traditions of our country".



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