The Latest: Makeshift memorials for McCain grow in Phoenix

The Latest on services for Sen. John McCain and other related activities after his death (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Mourners are visiting two makeshift memorials for John McCain in Arizona.

Several people stopped outside McCain’s central Phoenix office Monday to leave flowers, American flags or notes. Among them are Ted Olsen of Phoenix and his brother James.

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James Olsen, who is in town on business from Columbia, South Carolina, says he needed to come pay his respects since he was all the way in Arizona.

People also showed up at the Phoenix mortuary where the senator’s body is being held.

Candles, pictures, a small painting of Arizona red rocks and a T-shirt from the senator’s 2008 presidential campaign were among the pile of items outside the funeral home.

A member of the POW-MIA-KIA Honor Guard has been standing watch outside since Sunday morning.


5:05 p.m.

The Senate chaplain is thanking God “for the gift” of the late John McCain.

Chaplain Barry Black, a retired Navy rear admiral, is giving thanks for McCain’s “profile in courage.” He says in his opening prayer that McCain had a “sacrificial willingness to take the road less traveled, to rise above partisanship, to provide a profile in courage and to give his life in service.”

He says McCain had an “awareness that humanity is wrapped in a blanket of mutuality” and is citing the senator’s favorite novel in reminding, “so we should not ask, for whom the bell tolls.”

The chaplain says McCain’s “consequential, patriotic and heroic legacy” should challenge the Senate “to leave the world better than we found it.”


4:45 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute to John McCain by recalling their own legislative battles while echoing the late senator’s belief that there’s more that unites than divides Americans.

Speaking from the Senate floor, McConnell says that while McCain served the state of Arizona in Congress, “he was America’s hero all along.”

He spoke near McCain’s desk in the Senate, which has been draped in black and adorned with white roses in his honor.

McConnell and McCain tangled over several issues, including McCain’s championing of campaign finance reform and McConnell’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which failed on McCain’s surprise “no” vote. McConnell says serving with McCain “was never a dull affair.”

McCain will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday.


3:55 p.m.

Memorial services for Sen. John McCain will include tributes from his children and fellow politicians.

Rick Davis, McCain’s former presidential campaign manager, says U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, former U.S. Sen. John Kyl and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will be among those who speak at services in Phoenix.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will pay tribute at a Thursday service at North Phoenix Baptist Church. The service also will include choir performances and a bagpiper.

Formers Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will speak at a Saturday memorial service at Washington National Cathedral. The program also includes a tribute from McCain’s daughter Meghan, plus a performance of “Danny Boy” by opera star Renée Fleming.

Public viewings will be held at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday and the U.S. Capitol on Friday.


3:20 p.m.

The Senate has draped John McCain’s desk in black fabric and placed a vase of white roses on top.

McCain died Saturday at age 81 from an aggressive form of brain cancer. Monday was the Senate’s first day back in session since his death,…

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