Flags in Vermont will be lowered to honor McCain

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The desk of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is draped in black on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain died at the age of 81, on Aug. 25, 2018, after battling brain cancer. (Senate Television via AP)

Gov. Phil Scott has ordered the U.S. and Vermont flags to be lowered to half-staff at state buildings in honor of U.S. Sen. John McCain.

The flags will be lowered Wednesday until sunset on Sunday, the day of McCain’s burial at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Arizona senator died Saturday of brain cancer.

Scott, a Republican, noted McCain’s military service, time as a prisoner of war and commitment and leadership as a public servant in his decision to order the flags lowered.

McCain was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for more than five years. After his return, he was elected to the U.S. House in 1982 and the Senate in 1986. He twice ran unsuccessfully for president.

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