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What McCain Wanted on His Tombstone

'He served his country'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2018 8:13 AM CDT
Updated Aug 26, 2018 12:36 PM CDT
With a police escort, a procession follows the hearse carrying the late Arizona Sen. John McCain along Interstate 17 on the way to Phoenix, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Anthem, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – John McCain is making his final journey. The hearse carrying the late senator's body left his Arizona ranch Saturday, making the journey to Phoenix in a police-escorted motorcade along a route that saw many of his constituents line up to pay their respects, reports the Arizona Republic. Services are to be held in Phoenix, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and Annapolis, Md., where he'll be buried at the US Naval Academy Cemetery. The latest on the death of the Senate's legendary Maverick:

  • Widow Cindy McCain tweeted that her husband of 38 years "passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best." "I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning," said daughter Meghan McCain in a statement, via Fox News. "Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life."
  • The New York Times notes that in 2015, the former POW had just become chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Asked in an interview what he'd want written on his tombstone, McCain had a quick answer: "He served his country."

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