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John McCain’s mother, 106, expected to attend memorial services

Roberta McCain is expected to be present at events in Washington and Maryland.

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Roberta McCain, mother of John McCain (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Roberta McCain, mother of John McCain (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Roberta McCain, mother of John McCain (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

John McCain’s 106-year-old mother, Roberta, is expected to attend memorial services in Washington and his burial in Maryland later this week.

Roberta McCain once said the middle child she called “Johnny” liked to use her as an example of “what he hopes his lifespan will be”.

But she now mourns him instead of the other way around.

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An honour guard stands over the coffin of John McCain (Matt York/AP)

An honour guard stands over the coffin of John McCain (Matt York/AP)

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An honour guard stands over the coffin of John McCain (Matt York/AP)

The Vietnam prisoner of war, congressman, senator and two-time presidential candidate died of brain cancer last Saturday at his home in Arizona.

He was 81.

Following memorials in Arizona, Mr McCain will lie in state at the US Capitol on Friday.

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He will be celebrated at a memorial service on Saturday at Washington National Cathedral before his burial on Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.


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