John McCain memorial: Here are the 15 people he chose to be his pallbearers
At least fifteen people are expected to carry the war veteran's coffin at the Washington National Cathedral memorial service before he is laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy.
The late Arizona Senator John McCain is scheduled to be laid to rest on Sunday after multiple memorials are being held for him in the state and Washington DC in honor of his services to the United States. Reports state that at least fifteen people are expected to carry the war veteran's coffin at the Washington National Cathedral memorial service before he is laid to rest at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, beside his longtime friend, Chuck Larson.
According to the program details shared by McCain's family, former Vice President Joe Biden, actor Warren Beatty, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen are expected to be the senator's pallbearers.
McCain's longtime friend, Joe Biden, is also expected to deliver a tribute to the senator during the public service. Reports state that the ceremony is set to take place at the North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix on Thursday.
While the former New York Mayor, who paid tribute to the senator and called him a "hero in war" and "hero in politics", was a longtime friend of McCain, the senator's friendship with Beatty formulated before his 2000 presidential bid, according to reports.
Other people who are selected to serve as McCain's pallbearers include former McCain presidential campaign manager Richard Davis; fundraiser Carla Eudy; McCain’s former chief of staff Mark Salter; businessman Stephen Dart; former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.); former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm; former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.); Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.); former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge (R); FedEx founder Fred Smith; and Vice Chairman of Open Russia Vladimir Kara-Murza, according to Newsweek.
The 81-year-old Arizona Senator died on Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer he was diagnosed with nearly a year ago. The announcement that he was ceasing medical treatment for his cancer was made by his family on Friday.
Reports state that former presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush are also expected to deliver tributes during the ceremony, along with McCain's daughter, Meghan.
The Vietnam War veteran will reportedly lie in state at the US Capitol on Friday before the ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday.