By: Chris Brunner
Out of respect for the memory of Senator John McCain, all United States and Florida flags are to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout Florida as directed by the President of the United States and Governor Rick Scott.
The celebrated war hero died on Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer. With him when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family his office said in a statement.
Gov. Scott said, “My wife, Ann, and I are deeply saddened to hear the news about Senator John McCain. Senator McCain was a true American hero. As a Navy man myself, I’ve always had immense respect for Senator McCain. A lot of folks talk tough, but he was the real deal. From one Navy family to another, we extend our sincerest gratitude for his strength and perseverance. John will always be a beacon of hope and perseverance for America. He was a true fighter and fought every day for this country. We will miss him dearly but take comfort in knowing his legacy will live on forever.”
Flags will be lowered to half-staff effective immediately until sunset on the day of interment.