Former Colleagues, Friends, Athletes To Serve As McCain's Pallbearers
Former Colleagues, Friends, Athletes To Serve As McCain's Pallbearers
Thousands pay their respects to US Sen. John McCain | New Hampshire
02 September, 2018, 10:57
During his speech, which came just before former Vice President Joe Biden, Fitzgerald offered some lighthearted comparisons between he and McCain. After saying he thought of McCain as his brother, Biden said their brotherhood included "a lot of family fights".
"Many people might wonder what a young African-American kid from Minnesota and a highly decorated Vietnam hero turned United States senator might have in common", Fitzgerald said.
Members of the military slowly carried the coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in USA politics for decades.
McCain, who died Saturday at 81 after a fight with brain cancer, was honored by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Vice President Mike Pence.
At the church, a choir from the Jesuit-run Brophy College Preparatory school that two of McCain's sons attended sang "Amazing Grace".
Mr McCain's longtime chief of staff, Grant Woods spoke about the senator's "terribly bad driving" and his sense of humour - which drew a chuckle.
It was a principle the late lawmaker held fast to until the very end - something that was reflected in Bible verses McCain chose to be read at memorial services being held this week in honor of his passing.
He said, "I pray you take some comfort knowing that because you shared John with all of us your whole life, the world now shares with you the ache of John's death". "And understanding that as Americans we are a part of something much bigger than ourselves".
The church's senior pastor, Noe Garcia, pronounced McCain "a true American hero".
McCain "could not stand the abuse of power wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever country", Biden said. At McCain's request, two former presidents - Democrat Barack Obama and Republican George W. Bush - will speak. He spoke about the great loss he's experienced in his life - the death of his first wife and daughter in a vehicle accident, and the recent death of his son, Beau.
At the end of the almost 90-minute ceremony, McCain's casket was wheeled out of the church to "My Way", in tribute to a politician known for following his own path based on his personal principles.
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McCain stood out during the last two years as a key rival and critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican whom McCain's family has asked not to attend the funeral.
Twenty-four sitting US senators, four former senators and other leaders were among those expected at Thursday's memorial.
A military aircraft will take McCain to Washington, D.C., for a public viewing in the U.S. Capitol Friday and a service at the Washington National Cathedral Saturday.
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McCain chose a Russian dissident as a pallbearer after Trump repeatedly expressed his affinity and admiration for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin - praise that came amid special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass as the motorcade passed underneath on Interstate 17.
John McCain at his memorial service on Capitol Hill. McCain's widow pressed her face against her husband's coffin, and daughter Meghan McCain erupted in sobs.
As the room emptied, hundreds of people lined up outside the Arizona State Capitol, hours before the doors opened to the public, waiting to pay their respects to the man who represented them in Washington for over three decades.
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On Thursday morning, a procession through Phoenix will bring the casket to a memorial service at a Baptist church, with the public invited to line the route along a highway.
Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church.
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