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McCain to return 'where it all began' after memorial services in Az, DC

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Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday, will lie in state and have church services in both Phoenix and Washington, D.C. He will not be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, near his father and grandfather, but rather on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy. McCain reportedly asked former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to deliver eulogies at his funeral.

The six-term Republican senator from Arizona, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who sought the presidency multiple times — winning the GOP nomination in 2008 — died of cancer at 81.

McCain's father and grandfather were four-star U.S. Navy admirals, but the senator will not be buried near them on the grounds of one of the country's most hallowed national military cemeteries. Instead, he will be laid to rest in what is expected to be a private ceremony in the cemetery of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

His grave will be within sight of the Severn River, near the burial place of an old Navy friend, Charles "Chuck" Larson, "back where it all began" with the Class of 1958, McCain wrote in his recent memior, "The Restless Wave."

Before being laid to rest, McCain will lie in state in both the nation's capital and the capital of his adopted state, Arizona. Church services are expected to be held in both cities, as well. Details have yet to be announced.

The final page of his memoir quotes "Requiem" by Robert Louis Stevenson — McCain's father's favorite poem:

Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
"Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill."

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