John McCain, a Vietnam war hero, two-time presidential candidate and one of the most influential American politicians of his generation, died on Saturday at age 81 after a year-long battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. McCain died a day after his family announced that "with his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment" for brain cancer.
It has been reported that on Thursday, friends, family and local leaders will celebrate his life and legacy at a public service at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Former Vice President Joe Biden will eulogize McCain, his longtime friend and onetime rival.
It was also revealed on Monday that Arizona Coyotes legend Shane Doan will serve as a pallbearer at late United States Senator John McCain’s memorial service Thursday.
Doan and McCain developed a friendship over the years, and the beloved hockey player issued the following statement after McCain passed away on Saturday.
“Senator McCain was a shining example of what a modern leader should be. He represented Arizona and the United States with class and dignity, and the courage and incredible strength that he demonstrated, in every test a man could face, impacted everyone who simply heard his story. His love for life was contagious and his passion for his family, state, country and Arizona sports teams left you optimistic and energized. I am so honored to have been able to call Senator McCain my friend, and am grateful to his family for allowing my family to be a part of their lives. Our hearts go out to Cindy and all the family during this difficult time.”
It was also revealed that Arizona Diamondbacks great Luis Gonzalez will also be a pallbearer at the ceremony.
McCain’s body will then be brought to Washington, where on Friday the Republican will lie in state at the US Capitol. The following day, he will receive a full-dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral before he is laid to rest on Sunday at the US Naval Academy cemetery, in Annapolis. He will be buried next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, Adm. Chuck Larson, according to the Arizona Republican's office.