Former refugees, war veterans pay respects to John McCain

Former refugees, war veterans pay respects to John McCain

He choked up, wiped away a tear at the ceremony at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Arizona, and continued.

At North Phoenix Baptist church, an estimated 3,500 mourners, including family, friends, 24 Senate colleagues, Arizona athletes and other dignitaries celebrated the life of a man who was a Vietnam prisoner of war, a U.S. representative, a six-term senator and a two-time presidential candidate. "I'm a Democrat and I love John McCain".

Twenty-four sitting USA senators, four former senators and other leaders from Arizona were expected at the service for the maverick politician, former prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate. Other speakers include former Sen. McCain died August 25 from brain cancer at age 81.

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

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But Fitzgerald said that while he and McCain were from very different worlds, they developed a meaningful friendship.

The casket arrives for the memorial service of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at National Cathedral in Washington, U.S., September 1, 2018.

She said to applause, "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great". "But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed". The church's senior pastor Noe Garcia pronounced McCain "a true American hero".

"As an army veteran, an army warrant officer for 20-plus years, serving my country, I would be remiss if I didn't show up to honour who we call our maverick", Dr Joseph said.

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The flag-draped casket of Sen. At McCain's request, two former presidents - Democrat Barack Obama and Republican George W. Bush - will speak. "That took my son Beau's life - is brutal, relentless, unforgiving", Biden said.

The frontrunner of early polls for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Biden gave a speech that was as a fitting tribute to his friend and a rallying cry to Americans put off by the divisive politics of President Trump, who was not invited to the ceremony.

Two White House officials said McCain's family had asked, before the senator's death, that Trump not attend the funeral services.

Almost every major USA political leader attended the memorial service, and while Trump himself was absent, his presence was felt through the content of the tributes.

Tributes have poured in from both sides of the aisle for the Republican senator and 2008 presidential nominee. "At any moment, he might be preparing an eloquent reflection on human liberty - or a devastating joke, served up with his signature cackle and that John McCain glint in his eye".

The senator from Arizona became the 31st person to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, according to the Architect of the Capitol website, which says the country's "most eminent citizens" are given the honor.

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

"He loved freedom with a passion of a man who knew its absence". On Thursday afternoon, McCain's body will be flown from Arizona to Washington, DC.

Public services to remember him were held in Arizona and will be held Friday in D.C. Lindsey Graham. While in the chamber, Cindy McCain sat in her husband's chair.

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