Arizona athletes to have prominent roles at McCain service

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According to McCain's official website, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of six individuals who will read a tribute to to McCain.

Senator John McCain, who died on Saturday at 81-years-old after battling brain cancer, will be memorialized in multiple events this week.

Photographs, flowers and notes gather at a makeshift memorial to U.S. Senator John McCain outside his office in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 26, 2018.

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said he has been with McCain all around the world and that he had better instincts on when to assert USA power than anyone else he knew.

Other military members in uniform congregated on the Capitol Plaza. His love for life was contagious and his passion for his family, state, country and Arizona sports teams left you optimistic and energized.

Crews spent the past several days preparing the Capitol for the visitors, hauling in chairs, cleaning up the building and assembling dozens of flags.

Thursday morning will feature a procession through Phoenix on the way to a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, with the public invited to line the route along Interstate 17.

Vice President Joe Biden, former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods, Raza Development Fund president Tommy Espinoza and two of his seven children will also offer tributes or Biblical readings.

From there, Mr McCain will depart from Arizona for the last time from Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport.

He will be celebrated at a memorial service on Saturday at Washington National Cathedral before his burial on Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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