Redskins, Nats honor passing of John McCain

Brian Tinsman
August 26, 2018 - 9:33 pm
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Over the weekend, America lost one of its most notable warriors and faithful public servants in Senator John McCain, who died after battling brain cancer. He was 81 years old. 

Flags from his native Arizona, as well as states like Maryland, Ohio, New York and Connecticut, were lowered to half-mast in non-partisan recognition of his years of service.

Closer to home, the Redskins also honored McCain at their headquarters and team facility in Ashburn, Va., by lowering the giant flag with the team name emblazoned across it (Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie confirmed the reasoning for the flag's position):

McCain was also remembered by the Washington Nationals, where he spent evenings watching baseball and spending time with other men and women who had served in the U.S. Armed Forces:

Although he performed most of his political activity from his chosen state of Arizona, McCain had local ties to Washington, D.C.

In 1951, his military family moved to Northern Virginia and he attended Alexandria's Episcopal High School, then later the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He will be buried on the grounds of the Academy next weekend after laying in state in Arizona and the U.S. Capitol building in downtown D.C.

 

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