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Governor Dayton orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain

ST. PAUL, MN – In honor and remembrance of U.S. Sen. John McCain, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota, beginning immediately, until sunset on the day of Sen. McCain’s interment on Sunday, Sept. 2.

McCain, 81, dedicated his life to public service, serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate for nearly 36 years. The Arizona senator served as Chairman of the Senate Committees on Indian Affairs, Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Armed Services. He also served as the Republican Party nominee for president in the 2008 election.

Senator McCain passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25. He had been receiving treatment for a malignant brain tumor since its discovery in 2017.

Prior to his career in public office, Senator McCain dedicated 22 years of service to the United States Navy. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958 and served as a Navy aviator. In 1967, Senator McCain was taken as a prisoner of war in a bombing mission over North Vietnam, and imprisoned until his release in 1973. Senator McCain retired from the U.S. Navy in 1981, having earned through his heroic service a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross honors.

Senator McCain is survived by his wife, seven children, and five grandchildren. He will lie in state at the United States Capitol on Friday, August 31. Senator John McCain will be ultimately laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday, September 2.