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Dayton orders flags at half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain

In honor and remembrance of U.S. Sen. John McCain, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, beginning immediately, until sunset the day of McCain's interment Sunday, Sept. 2.

McCain, 81, dedicated his life to public service, serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for nearly 36 years, Dayton said in a news release. The Arizona senator served as chairman of the Senate committees on Indian Affairs, Commerce, Science and Transportation and Armed Services. He also stood as the Republican nominee for president in the 2008 election.

McCain died Saturday. He was receiving treatment for a malignant brain tumor since its discovery in 2017.

Prior to his career in public office, McCain dedicated 22 years of service to the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958 and served as a Navy aviator. In 1967, McCain was taken as a prisoner of war in a bombing mission over North Vietnam, and imprisoned until his release in 1973. McCain retired from the U.S. Navy in 1981, having earned through his service a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross honors.

McCain is survived by his wife, seven children and five grandchildren. He will lie in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol. McCain will ultimately be laid to rest Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md.

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