Arizonans pay tribute to Senator John McCain at Phoenix memorial

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Arizona is mourning the loss of longtime senator, war hero, and political giant, John McCain.

People stopped by the A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary in Phoenix on Sunday to drop off flowers, pictures, even handwritten notes. 

 

Phoenix resident Debra Hassell says she has so much respect for Sen. McCain because he took the time to meet people like her at town halls.

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"He came up after, shook my hand and introduced himself," Hassell said. "He was such a gentleman, on top of being a Senator. You think, 'Oh this Senator is talking to me?' I'm just a human being, you know?"

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David Carrasco, a Vietnam War veteran, met Sen. McCain on several occasions. When he heard about his passing, he put on his honor guard uniform and went down to the Arizona State Capitol building to pay tribute. On Saturday, he stood by his memorial with other veterans and active duty service men. 

"I may not have agreed with his political views, but I was not looking at the politician, I was looking at the veteran," Carrasco said.

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John James says he will remember the late Senator for his continued efforts for Arizonans.

"Even the fact that he made it back from being a POW," James said. "He continued to serve us long after getting out of the service."

Flags are at half staff at the Arizona State Capitol building where crews spent the day cleaning the exterior. Sen. McCain's body will lie in state on August 29, what would have been his 82nd birthday. 

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