PHOENIX, AZ – John McCain’s body will be moved from the Arizona State Capitol to North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday morning, and the public is invited to line the motorcade route pay their respects. Cindy McCain and other members of the late senator’s family will arrive at the Capitol around 9 a.m. PST. Arizona National Guard personnel will then carry McCain with ceremony to a motorcade, which will then head north to the church, located in the city’s urban Alhambra village.
Former Vice President Joe Biden will speak Thursday and a choir from Brophy College Preparatory school, where McCain’s sons Jack and Jimmy attended, will sing “Amazing Grace” and “Arizona.” The recessional music: Frank Sinatra’s signature song, “My Way,” a tribute to a man known for following his own path based on his own principles.
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The route is as follows:
When the motorcade arrives at the church, the Arizona National Guard Casket Team will move McCain to the front of the church and lay down his casket. A memorial service is planned around 10 a.m. Thursday to celebrate his life. McCain’s family and friends — along with state, local and tribal officials, and business and civic leaders from across the state — have been invited.
About 1,000 seats were open to the public. Doors will open to the public at 8 a.m. PST. and all guests must be seated by 9:30 a.m.
“Please arrive early as all guests must go through security and anyone arriving after 9:30am local time will not be allowed into the church,” according to McCain’s website.
Invited guests who were unable to pickup a ticket Wednesday can do so at will call from 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. The only bags allowed inside the church include medically necessary items or equipment, see-through bags and small clutch bags. All bags will be searched.
Cameras, photography, food, drinks and guns are banned from the church and everyone must go through a security screening. Photo ID and ticket are necessary to enter the church. You can not leave and comeback if exiting the church before or during the service.
McCain’s body lied in state at the State Capitol building in Phoenix on Wednesday. Thousands paid their respects and former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl praised his late longtime friend at a solemn private ceremony. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake gave a benediction at the Rotunda. It would’ve been McCain’s 82nd birthday.
Following Thursday’s church service, the motorcade will move McCain’s casket to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Members of the Arizona Air and Army National Guard will give him a final salute. A C-32 military plane will then transport McCain to Washington, D.C. where he will lie in state for a second viewing at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday. He will be buried Sunday next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend Chuck Larson at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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