Sen. John McCain lies in state in the US Capitol Rotunda

Sen. John McCain lies in state in the US Capitol Rotunda

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Sen. John McCain will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday. After a private ceremony, members of the public may pay their their respects from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. , Members of the public and Congressional community are invited to pay their respects at the U.S. Capitol.a private arrival ceremony to include Senator McCain's family and Members of Congress, the U.S. Capitol Rotunda will open to the public 1-8 p.m. (AOC.gov/Flickr)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN — Sen. John McCain’s body lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday. He is only the 31st American to receive such a high honor. At approximately 11 a.m., a ceremony will commence honoring his life and service. At the conclusion of the formal ceremony the public is invited to pay their respects as Senator McCain lies in state for the remainder of the day.

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., a national memorial service celebrating his life will take place at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

On Sunday, his Naval Academy memorial service and burial will feature two of his sons and former Director of the CIA, Gen. David Petraeus. President Donald Trump has designated Defense Secretary James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton to represent the administration at the McCain services. Secretary Mattis also will be a pallbearer.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C), Sen. McCain’s close friend, will offer a tribute during the service at the Naval Academy Chapel. He will be followed by Gen. Petraeus and a retired Army general.

After the ceremony, McCain’s body be taken on a horse-drawn carriage to the cemetery. Navy Body Bearers will remove McCain and “honors will be rendered.”

Doug Christian, Washington

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