Governor Bill Walker ordered all Alaska and U.S. flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Arizona Senator John McCain.

Flags are to be lowered Monday at sunrise and should return to full-staff at sunset on Friday. 

The 81-year-old was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, war hero, Senator and presidential contender; he died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer.

In a statement, Governor Walker praised Sen. McCain’s commitment to his constituents.

“Donna and I are deeply saddened by Senator John McCain’s passing,” Governor Walker said. “We respect that his actions were guided by what he believed was best for the people he represents, rather than what would advance his personal political goals. One great example of Senator McCain’s willingness to put his country ahead of politics happened last year when he was one of three Republicans – alongside Senator Lisa Murkowski – who voted to protect health coverage for countless working Americans, including more than 40,000 people here in Alaska.”

Sen. McCain will lie in state at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Friday before being laid to rest in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday.

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