AZ Governor, Doug Ducey, statement on Senator John McCain

PHOENIX — Governor Ducey released astatement on the passing of Senator John S. McCain, who died of brain cancer on Saturday, August 25, 2018:

“John McCain is one American who will never be forgotten.

He was a giant. An icon. An American hero. But here at home, we were most proud to call him a fellow Arizonan. Like so many of us, he was not born here, but his spirit, service and fierce independence shaped the state with which he became synonymous.

Angela and I join all Arizonans in praying for Cindy and the entire McCain family during this difficult time and offering our full support.

As we mourn his passing and celebrate his truly phenomenal life, we’re also faced with the void John McCain’s absence leaves in the heart and soul of our nation.

John McCain fought for America every day — from the Navy through Vietnam to the U.S. Senate. He fought for what he thought was right, even when it wasn’t popular. His dogged patriotism and passion for country made him an inspiration, and a model, for all of us.

John McCain was about more than politics. He brought us above partisanship and challenged us to be great.

He once told us, ‘We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.’

May his life and legacy continue to inspire us to build a future for this country, and a history for this country, that would make John McCain proud.”

McCain’s family released the details of his memorial service, which will take place over five days in three cities. On Wednesday, McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol. On Thursday, the senator will be moved by motorcade to North Phoenix Baptist Church for a memorial service at 10:00 AM. The late senator will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. A memorial service will be held Saturday morning at the National Cathedral in Washington. A private memorial service will be held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD Sunday and a private burial ceremony will take place at the academy’s cemetery.