Why John McCain Chose His Final Resting Place

The Maverick was to be laid to rest at the US Naval Academy
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2018 1:45 PM CDT
Why John McCain Chose His Naval Academy Burial Site
People watch as the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is brought to Annapolis, Md. Sunday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – John McCain was laid to rest Sunday at the cemetery at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., a choice the AP called "as deliberate as the other details of his procession." Instead of spending eternity in Arlington Cemetery where his admiral father and grandfather are buried, the war hero and political maverick chose a plot beside his former classmate and dear friend Admiral Chuck Larson. In his memoir, McCain wrote that he wanted it to end “near where it began.” Per Reuters, the private service near where McCain and Larson graduated in the class of 1958 was slated to include classmates, McCain's sons Jack and Don, retired Army General David Petraeus, and McCain's longtime political ally Senator Lindsey Graham. (Read more John McCain stories.)

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