Thousands pay their respects to US Sen. John McCain

Thousands pay their respects to US Sen. John McCain

The couple's daughter, Meghan, wept. Biden made an under-the-radar trip to McCain's ranch in Arizona to spend time with the family.

U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa, who is Hopi, retired Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzales and former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan are among 14 friends acting as pallbearers. He became friends with numerous athletes in the area.

Generations of men and women who had sparred with McCain in politics, but also were shaped by his philosophy of "country first", placed their hands on the flag draped over McCain's casket.

Benson called him the "last pioneer for the state of Arizona".

Sen. John McCain's body has arrived to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, beginning three days of Washington area memorials that will trace McCain's long career in reverse - from the halls of the Senate to the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass when the 11-vehicle motorcade with a 17-motorcycle police escort passed underneath on Interstate 17.

Biden, attending a memorial service for McCain at a church in Phoenix, delivered a tearful speech, praising the longtime Republican lawmaker from Arizona for his fairness, honesty and respect. Drawing on the tragedies suffered in his own life - the deaths of his first wife and daughter in a vehicle accident in 1972, and his son Beau from cancer in 2015 - Biden offered consolation to McCain's family, calling his absence "all-consuming". "They don't make heroes like him anymore". McCain wasn't one for conspiracy theories; he was generally courteous and respectful of the press - and, mostly, he truly believed in the system of governance the Founders set up.

He went on to say, "It was always appropriate to challenge another senator's judgment, but never appropriate to challenge their motive".

On Thursday, Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church. Firetrucks were positioned along the route.

McCain's funeral is in many ways a tribute to the senator's belief in the power of bipartisanship.

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"I know John said he hoped to play a small part in that story".

"Many people might wonder what a young, African American kid from Minnesota and a highly decorated Vietnam War hero-turned-United States Senator might have in common", Fitzgerald said, via the Cardinals' official website.

Twenty-four sitting US senators, four former senators and other leaders were among those expected at Thursday's memorial.

The hearse is accompanied by Arizona Highway Patrol motorcycle troopers and vehicles with family members. On Saturday, a memorial service will be held at the National Cathedral, where former Presidents Bush, a Republican, and Barack Obama, a Democrat, will speak. Ted Kennedy, the MA liberal, who died of the same brain cancer nine years earlier and with whom he had worked on comprehensive immigration reform.

Mourners have entered the North Phoenix Baptist church ahead of the arrival of Sen.

Pelosi and New York Rep. Joe Crowley escorted 87-year-old Republican Rep. Sam Johnson to McCain's casket. Red and blue lights illuminated two rows of chairs on the stage, which was lined by lilies and adorned with greenery and white rose floral displays.

House Speaker Paul Ryan mentioned McCain's legacy as a political maverick, his earthy qualities and penchant for swearing, and his skill at the give-and-take needed to pass legislation. John McCain, R-Ariz., into the Capitol rotunda for a memorial service as Cindy McCain and her son Jack McCain follow, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, at the Capitol in Phoenix.

He died last Saturday of brain cancer and was 81.

McCain's wife, Cindy, and other members of his family watched from the steps of the East Plaza as his casket was carried into the building earlier Friday.

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