Sen. John McCain's Casket Transferred to D.C. Aboard Trump-Approved Jet

Sen. John McCain's Casket Transferred to D.C. Aboard Trump-Approved Jet

On Wednesday, a private service was held at the Arizona Capitol for family and friends, after which an estimated 15,000 people filed past the senator's casket to pay their final respects.

The news outlet stated that McCain's memorial service will include tributes, readings, and musical performances. John McCain from 10 a.m.to noon Thursday.

'What made Senator McCain so special was that he cared about the substance of my heart more so than where I came from. I'm black. He was white.

"No, I'm not joking", he said. He ran for president. I have flowing locks, and, well, he didn't.

Later, Fitzgerald returned to his unlikely friendship and explained what made it so easy to look past their differences to find things they had in common. "You just screwed up, Joe, '" he said.

"Imagining Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon", Ducey said at one point in his remarks. McCain endured torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam while he was serving the Navy. "I was a young U.S. senator, I was elected when I was 29...the next youngest person was 14 years older".

Addressing around 3,500 mourners in an Arizona church, former Democrat vice president Joe Biden said the Republican senator had a "wicked sense of humour" and "loved a good battle". "That's what he would want".

"John McCain believed in our constitution", said Grant Woods, his longtime campaign manager. "And he stood up for it; he fought for it every step of the way", Woods said. "He would not stand by as people tried to trample the constitution or the bill of rights, including the first amendment". We are all better for having known you.

McCain had a complicated relationship with President Trump, who infamously attacked him during the GOP primaries leading up to the 2016 election.

A choir from the Jesuit-run Brophy College Preparatory school that two of McCain's sons attended was scheduled to sing "Amazing Grace" and "Arizona" during the church service.

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"It was absolutely one of his favorite songs", said Carla Eudy, a McCain family friend.

People watch the motorcade carrying the casket of U.S. Sen.

"It was once a little bit harrowing, a little bit wild, a little bit insane", Woods joked, "but a lot of fun and the greatest honor of my life".

In his last hours, McCain turned down further medical treatment.

Biden became McCain's opponent when he was nominated to be Barack Obama's vice presidential nominee in 2008, when McCain was the Republican presidential nominee. That pilot - a young John McCain - was taken hostage as a prisoner of war, where he spent more than five-and-a-half years - nearly 2,000 days. "I trusted John with my life, and I would, and I think he would trust me with his", Biden continued. Time in your memories of a life lived well, lived fully.

Honor guard member Valentine Costalez praised McCain for championing the military during his Senate career.

A slew of Arizona officials and community members also eulogized the late senator and performed at the memorial. That senator was John McCain, and the two instantly grew close.

Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald said McCain's friendship inspired him to visit Vietnam.

Additionally, Jonah Littlesunday, a Navajo flutist, performed at the memorial - a nod to McCain's work for the Native American community in Arizona.

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