The body of John McCain, who endured 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and went on to become a lion of the U.S. Senate and a two-time Republican candidate for president, will lie in state on Wednesday in the Arizona state capitol.
Gov. Roy Cooper also issued an order Monday to state agencies, though not local governments, to fly their flags at half-staff until McCain's burial.
It will include remarks from Gov. Doug Ducey and former US senator Jon Kyl, plus a benediction from Sen.
"Imagining an Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon", Ducey said.
"But along the way, he did it with humor and humanity", Ducey said.
Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) are co-sponsoring a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after the late Sen. Members of the public began lining up hours in advance for a casket viewing that was to begin in the afternoon.
Senator John McCain will lie in state inside the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol.
Rep. Martha McSally won the Republican nomination for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, setting up a November contest with Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.
They took shelters from the hot sun under tents erected by security teams while volunteers filled coolers with ice and water bottles.
Chasity Pullin, whose husband and father are military veterans, was among those in line.
Ducey said John McCain was about more than politics, he "brought us above politics".
"It feels like you're losing part of your family, as much as he did", she said.
Kassandra Morales took her 8-year-old son Mathew, pictured playing with toy soldiers while waiting in line, because she wanted to show her kids "what a real hero is".
And Senator Susan Collins, who many have looked to resist the president's most extreme tendencies, appeared to be uncomfortable when his torch was offered to her.
Judith Hatch, a veteran from Phoenix, started the day by handing out flags to those who were assembled.
The Kentucky Republican, who both worked with and against Mr. McCain over the decades, said he'll form a "gang" of senators after Labor Day and ask them to report back. "Gathered in this spot, we are especially grateful that John made Arizona his home".
"He was a great person who cared about other people". "If you believe in something, stand up for it, whether it's popular or not".
The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at the North Phoenix Baptist Church.