Paying respects to Senator John McCain III

Paying respects to Senator John McCain III

The Arizona Association of the Deaf (AZAD) Board of Directors joins the nation and the world in mourning the passing of Senator John Sidney McCain, III. Most people knew Senator McCain as a naval aviator who was a prisoner of war for more than five years during the Vietnam conflict, and who went on to represent the State of Arizona in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He was also the Republican Party nominee for President in 2008. He also served this beautiful State of Arizona for more than 30 years after serving during the Vietnam conflict.

But, not many know that Senator McCain was also a strong advocate for the Deaf community by voting for three laws that benefited us; the Telecommunications Enhancement Accessibility Act of 1988, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Television Decoder Circuitry Act of 1990. Senator McCain also supported the Deaf community during the Deaf President Now protest in 1988.

On behalf of the Arizona Association of the Deaf Board members, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Cindy; his children, Douglas, Andrew, Sidney, Meghan, John, James, and Bridget; and their families.

Rest In Peace, Senator McCain, and may his legacy endure forever.

For those living in Arizona that want to pay respects and to honor the senator’s life and service, there is more information below.

“Lying in State at the Arizona State Capitol.”

On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Senator McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol, where the public is invited to pay respects and honor the senator’s life and service.

At 10:00 AM local time, a private, formal ceremony inside the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol will take place to honor Senator McCain’s life and service to the State of Arizona and the nation.

Following the conclusion of the ceremony, the public is welcome to pay their respects to Senator McCain in the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda starting at 2:00 PM local time.