Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Arizona Sen. John McCain

August 27, 2018, 11:50 AM HST · Updated August 27, 11:50 AM
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John Sidney McCain. Official photo portrait 2009.

At the direction of the President of the United States, Governor David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag to be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i, until sunset on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the day of interment (Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018).

This action is a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Sen. John McCain.

“Sen. McCain was a rare and courageous American who was a true leader and public servant – in both times of war and peace. He always put country before politics. Hawai‘i sends its aloha and condolences to the McCain ‘ohana,” Gov. Ige said.

The office of Senator John McCain released a statement upon word of his passing saying, “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

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Dignitaries and government leaders across Hawai‘i responded to the news of McCain’s passing.

“We mourn the passing of a great American and human being, John McCain. He fought many battles, met many extraordinary challenges, and faced the end with the courage he exemplified throughout his life. And yet, the end came too soon. Much will be said and written about John McCain over the days and months ahead, all paying tribute to this grand patriot. All of us who had the privilege of serving with Senator McCain have our personal stories and memories. He was my chairman and I will miss him. My heartfelt condolences to Cindy McCain, his children, grandchildren and the entire McCain ‘ohana.” –US Senator Mazie K. Hirono,

“We lost a hero at a time when we need them. We lost a statesman when there are so few around. His was a life of service and a life well lived. May his memory be a blessing.” –US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i)

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