McCain’s funeral procession highly anticipated on US 50

Drivers are pulling over to pay their respects to McCain's motorcade on US 50. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Drivers pulled over to pay their respects to McCain’s motorcade on US 50. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Drivers are pulling over to pay their respects to McCain's motorcade on US 50. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Drivers pulled over to pay their respects to McCain’s motorcade on US 50. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A firefighter awaits the late senator's final passage through Bowie, Maryland. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A firefighter awaits the late senator’s final passage through Bowie, Maryland. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell )
People are waiting to say their final goodbyes to Sen. John McCain. The procession will pass under Church Road in Bowie, Maryland. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
People were waiting to say their final goodbyes to Sen. John McCain. The procession passed under Church Road in Bowie, Maryland. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell )
The Naval Academy advised well-wishers to “be mindful of traffic laws and remain at a safe distance from the roadways at all times.” (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A private memorial service for McCain will take place in the U.S. Naval Academy chapel at 2 p.m. The motorcade is expected at 1:45 p.m. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A private memorial service for McCain is taking place in the U.S. Naval Academy chapel. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A crowd gathers above US Route 50 in anticipation for Sen. John McCain's funeral procession. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A crowd gathers above US Route 50 in anticipation for Sen. John McCain’s funeral procession. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A crowd gathers above US Route 50 in anticipation for Sen. John McCain's funeral procession. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A crowd gathers above US Route 50 in anticipation for Sen. John McCain’s funeral procession. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell )
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Drivers are pulling over to pay their respects to McCain's motorcade on US 50. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Drivers are pulling over to pay their respects to McCain's motorcade on US 50. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A firefighter awaits the late senator's final passage through Bowie, Maryland. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
People are waiting to say their final goodbyes to Sen. John McCain. The procession will pass under Church Road in Bowie, Maryland. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A private memorial service for McCain will take place in the U.S. Naval Academy chapel at 2 p.m. The motorcade is expected at 1:45 p.m. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A crowd gathers above US Route 50 in anticipation for Sen. John McCain's funeral procession. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A crowd gathers above US Route 50 in anticipation for Sen. John McCain's funeral procession. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain’s funeral procession made its way east through Annapolis on its way to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, the location of McCain’s private memorial.


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Crowds gathered along Church Road overlooking US Routes 50 as drivers pulled over to pay their respects to McCain’s funeral procession. WTOP’s Melissa Howell reported from the scene, and said that people were holding up American flags in anticipation of the motorcade.

Maryland State Police said Saturday night they did not expect to close the highway linking the District and Annapolis.

According to a post on McCain’s website, his private memorial service at the U.S. Naval Academy chapel started at 2 p.m.

Before its arrival, the Bowie Police Department tweeted that the motorcade will pass through its jurisdiction between 12:20 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. en route to Annapolis.

The Naval Academy advised that the funeral will be closed to media and the public, and asked that those who regularly visit the academy’s grounds to do their exercise or dog walking before 1 p.m. Gates 3 and 8 closed to incoming traffic and pedestrians starting at 1 p.m., but Gate 1 remains open.

No tours will be offered of the yard on Sunday, either, but the visitor center and gift shop will be open. Sunday morning chapel services, however, proceeded as planned.

The academy advised well-wishers to “be mindful of traffic laws and remain at a safe distance from the roadways at all times.”

McCain will be buried next to his academy classmate and lifelong friend, Admiral Chuck Larson, who died of leukemia in 2014. McCain’s website said family, friends and members of the 1958 Naval Academy graduating class will be at the ceremony, along with other Naval leaders and the Brigade of Midshipmen.

See the map below of the for the location of Naval Academy Gate 3 in Annapolis that will be closed.

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