Sen. John McCain, who died of brain cancer on Saturday, is being held and buried next weekend at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis in memory of his office.
The former Republican presidential candidate and prisoner of war graduated from the Academy in 1958 and is one of the most notable alumni.
The memorial service is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday in the Chapel of the Naval Academy. He is later buried in a plot alongside his classmate and lifelong friend Admiral Chuck Larson, the Academy's only dual superintendent (1983-1986, 1994-1998).
Before Larson died of pneumonia In 2014, after two years of leukemia treatment, the admiral reserved the funeral plans for himself, McCain and their spouses at the Naval Academy graveyard in Hospital Point, overlooking the River Severn the Senate Chancellery.
The Naval Academy said Saturday that it mourned McCain's death
"His life in the service of our country is a legacy that continues to be revered," the Academy wrote on Twitter.
McCain has described his time at the Naval Academy as a "four-year course of disobedience and rebellion." His father and grandfather, the first father-son set of Navy four-star admirals, also accepted. His son Jack graduated from the academy and serves in the navy.
The 81-year-old had been suffering from brain cancer for over a year. In an interview with "60 Minutes" in September, he talked about his desires for a funeral ceremony in Annapolis.
"You just have to understand that you're not leaving, it's you – that you've stayed, I'm celebrating what a man who was in fifth grade in the Naval Academy could do," he said. "I am so grateful, I – every night I go to sleep, I am filled with gratitude."
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who blocked the aspirations of the Republican President in the White House, are among those expected at McCain's funeral
"The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of ministry," said the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky. On Wednesday, McCain will be in the state capitol in Arizona, where the public is invited to pay their respects. On Friday, McCain will be in the US Capitol in Washington in the US Capitol, where a ceremony will be held at 11am.
In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan ordered the state flag in honor of McCain to be cut in half
According to the Foreign Minister's website, the flag of Maryland will return at sunset on the funeral date of September 2nd.
McCain "He will forever be one of the bravest heroes our country has ever known, and has long been a shining example of doing the right thing and standing up for its principles." His legacy consists of selfless service, buddy and Determination. "Hogan said in the statement.
The Associated Press and Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Rachael Pacella con contributed to this article.