John McCain's farewell: 'Do not despair of our present difficulties'

John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

A private burial service next Sunday will conclude almost a week of events honoring the Navy aviator, prisoner of war, congressman, longtime senator and presidential contender.

A day after McCain died of brain cancer at 81, his family, friends and congressional and state leaders were working out details of the farewell to the decorated Vietnam War hero, prisoner of war and six-term senator. John McCain's death, President Donald Trump says he respects the senator's "service to our country" and has signed a proclamation to fly the USA flag at half-staff until his burial.

Arizonans will hold a memorial service for McCain at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

In Vietnam, people went to the US Embassy to pay their respects to McCain who had played an important role in normalizing diplomatic relations with the US in 1995.

Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. His grave site will overlook the Severn River, and will be next his best friend from his Naval Academy days, Admiral Chuck Larson.

Mr Trump reacted quickly to the news on Saturday night (U.S. time), expressing his deepest sympathies to his loved ones.

On 27 August, Rick Davis, who ran the Arizona senator's 2008 presidential campaign and is a family spokesperson, read out a statement which McCain had prepared in advance of his death.

John McCain, a senior member of the United States Senate and former presidential candidate, has died. During his more than 30 years in office he touched the lives of many from both sides of the aisle. He had battled brain cancer.

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President Donald Trump, however, does not plan to attend.

There's been widespread criticism on social media regarding the White House's decision to bring the flag back up to full staff Monday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called McCain "an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions".

Trump's proclamation came just hours after the White House flag had been returned to full-staff, drawing complaints from right and left.

People testify to the respect he earned in the Senate by working across party lines, and is often described as a maverick. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and "to ask them to speak at your funeral, and for them to be honored at the opportunity, that tells you all you need to know".

U.S President Donald Trump bowed to pressure on Monday to honor the late John McCain, ordering that flags be lowered to half-staff across the country, as the late senator fired a parting shot at the president in a farewell message to the United States.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, is expected to choose McCain's replacement after his funeral, according to the governor's aide.

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