Washington bids farewell to the late Sen. John McCain

Arturo Kim
August 31, 2018

Former vice-president Joe Biden, a Democrat, and others provided a preview of the tributes to come.

McConnell expressed the gratitude of the nation when he welcomed McCain's remains to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday. John McCain, R-Ariz., is at U.S. Capitol in Washington.

President Trump did not make the short trip down Pennsylvania Avenue to participate in the ceremony Trump's tense relationship with McCain continued even after the senator's death - it took several hours for Trump to issue a proclamation lowering flags at federal buildings to half-staff until McCain's interment.

McCain's flag-draped casket was carried up the marble steps of the Capitol by members of the USA armed forces as the skies erupted in a sudden downpour.

At the church, a choir from the Jesuit-run Brophy College Preparatory school that two of McCain's sons attended sang "Amazing Grace".

McCain's long-time chief of staff, Grant Woods, a former Arizona attorney general, drew laughs with a eulogy in which he talked about McCain's "terribly bad driving" and his sense of humour, which included calling the Leisure World retirement community "Seizure World".

One by one, McCain's family and then his friends and colleagues approached the coffin to say goodbye.

"His dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller - never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare", Schumer said.

"They knew that John believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of America that it made it easier for them to have confidence and faith in America", Biden said.

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen.

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He pointedly did not invite President Trump, who had repeatedly mocked and belittled the respected GOP senator, first saying he wasn't a war hero because he was captured and later attacking him for not voting to repeal Obamacare. Twenty-four sitting USA senators, four former senators and other leaders were among those expected at Thursday's memorial.

The service brought to a close two days of mourning for the US senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee in his home state.

McCain's funeral procession will begin Wednesday in Phoenix, where he'll lie in state at the state Capitol.

A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass as the motorcade passed underneath on Interstate 17.

"John was both a romantic and a cynic.in love with and passionate about the causes he fought for, yet clear-eyed about the long odds he often faced in a world hostile to our ideals", said Sen. Family, friends, lawmakers and guests gathered in the vast Rotunda for a memorial service.

Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen.

He also recalled McCain as a man who could be cantankerous and stubborn but treated political opponents, including Democrats, with mutual respect while cherishing friendships struck up with those with whom he differed.

On Thursday, Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church. A pilot, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for more than five years. He looked at Bridget, who was just a baby at the time, and asked his wife what was going on.

The American hero was greeted by a military honor guard when he touched down at Andrews Air Force Base.

Much of the proceedings were lighthearted, noting McCain's penchant for battle.

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