McCain reveals whether he’ll be buried with his father, grandfather at Arlington
(Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic | May 11, 2018) As he continues to battle a deadly form of brain cancer, Sen. John McCain also is pondering his final resting place, where family, friends and strangers will one day pay their respects to the six-term senator from Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee.
A prisoner-of-war and the grandson and son of four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy, McCain will not be buried in the land of his forefathers.
They are laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Instead, he will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Maryland, near his old Navy pal, Charles “Chuck” Larson, McCain writes in his new memoir, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations.
“I want to smell the rose-scented breeze …”
A Naval Academy spokeswoman said this week that McCain has a dedicated plot at the cemetery. It is “very close” to Larson’s resting place, which McCain describes as “a beautiful spot” that is “near where our paths first crossed.”
“I want to smell the rose-scented breeze and feel the sun on my shoulders,” McCain wrote in an emotional passage about how he hopes to spend his final days at his Arizona retreat near Sedona.
“I want to watch the hawks hunt from the sycamore, and then take my leave bound for a place near my old friend Chuck Larson, in the cemetery on the Severn (River), back where it began.”
The return to his old stomping grounds, where McCain was one of the most popular and legendary midshipmen in his class, ties up a loose end for the 81-year-old senator, whose book suggests he is coming to terms with his own mortality. Read the full story in USA TODAY.