WASHINGTON – In a speech eulogizing Sen. John McCain on Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Flake echoed calls by the late senator for civility in politics.
“Now, as we go forward, let us remember thy humble servant with gladness and cheerfulness. To answer his call to summon the better angles of our nature. To see and appreciate the humanity in our opponents. To more freely forgive, so that we might be forgiven,” Flake (R-Ariz.) said at a memorial service for McCain (R-Ariz.) at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) and former Arizona Sen. John Kyl (R) also delivered eulogies.
Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) attended the ceremony as did former Arizona governors Jan Brewer (R) and Janet Napolitano (D) as well as former Arizona congressman Jim Kolbe (R).
McCain’s wife of 38 years, Cindy, the senator’s seven children, and son-in-law Ben Domenech, sat adjacent to McCain’s coffin during the ceremony.
The coffin was draped in an American flag and was brought into the capitol by members of the Arizona State Police and National Guard.
McCain will lie in state in Arizona for most of Wednesday.
A private funeral service will be held in Phoenix on Thursday. Following the service McCain’s body will be flown to Joint Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C.
McCain will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday. A funeral service for McCain will be held Saturday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
McCain will buried in a private ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. on Sunday.
McCain died Saturday of complications related to brain cancer. He served in the Senate for more than three decades.
McCain is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and former prisoner of war.
McCain would have turned 82 today.