McCain Lies In State at US Capitol

02 September, 2018, 10:54 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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After saying he thought of McCain, who died Saturday at 81, 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.

McCain, who served in Congress since 1983 and in the U.S. Senate since 1987. died last Saturday of brain cancer. The school choir from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix - where McCain's sons Jack and Jimmy attended - performed a rendition of "Amazing Grace" early in the memorial.

They had come from Mesa, Arizona, for the service, and moved from Vietnam a year ago. "One of the true honors of my life was having John McCain as a friend and a mentor in the Senate", Sullivan said. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call) Members of the different services were bearers of McCain's casket into the Capitol. "And understanding that as Americans we are a part of something much bigger than ourselves".

"I was thinking this week about why John's death hit the country so hard", Biden said, before adding, "I think it's because they knew that John believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of America".

Nearly a quarter of McCain's fellow senators, Democrats and Republicans, traveled to Arizona to remember him during a carefully executed program that began at the Arizona State Capitol, continued to the Baptist church where he worshiped and ended at the Phoenix airport, where hundreds of Arizona National Guardsmen gave him one final salute.

The cancer that ultimately took the life of McCain also afflicted Biden's son Beau.

McCain's wife, Cindy, widely seen as a possible candidate for appointment to succeed her husband, led a procession of 90 mourners past his casket.

Touching on his own losses, of his first wife and daughter, who died in a vehicle accident in 1972, and his son Beau in 2015, he counseled the McCain family on how to soldier on through their grief, and compared loss to "being sucked into a black hole inside your chest".

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a memorial service to celebrate the life of of U.S. Sen.

Sinatra's My Way paid tribute to a politician who was 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.

Top members of Trump's administration including his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton were present at the solemn cathedral service.

An honor guard of U.S. Capitol Police will then stand vigil overnight.

The service ended two days of mourning for the six-term senator in his home state.

As the 11-vehicle motorcade with a 17-motorcycle police escort made its way toward the church, people along the 8-mile route held signs that read simply "McCain", and cars on the other side of the highway stopped or slowed to a crawl in apparent tribute.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety honor guard carried the casket of Sen. He'll be among those delivering eulogies at McCain's memorial Thursday.

Several firefighters are standing on top of a firetruck on an overpass above a Phoenix freeway saluting a motorcade with a hearse carrying Sen.

Biden, quoting the Declaration of Independence, said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights".

USA TODAY is providing extended coverage of McCain's memorial events, including Thursday's private service in Phoenix.

PHOENIX - Four health care providers from Arizona were deployed to Washington, D.C. on Friday to provide medical support during the lying-in state of the late Sen.

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