McCain Makes A Final Return to Washington For Rare Honors

Remembering Senator McCain’s Patriotism And Duty To Country

The public will be invited to view McCain's casket after the ceremony. McConnell, Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer helped lay a wreath on McCain's casket.

"John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics", Obama said in a statement after McCain's death.

McCain's friend and former chief of staff, Mark Salter, will also be included.

"I hope that they study McCain as much as he deserves to be studied", McGinnis said.

The flag-draped casket of the late US Senator John McCain lies in state in the US Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC, August 31, 2018.

As the service ended, thousands of people were guided into snaking lines along First Street on the border of the Capitol complex to pay respects to McCain.

"May God bless the memory of John McCain, may God comfort his family and friends, and may God continue to bless the United States of America", said Pence as he concluded his remarks. A procession for the senator on Saturday will pause as it passes the Vietnam Memorial on the way to a formal service at Washington National Cathedral.

On Friday, McCain was laid in state in the Captiol Rotunda - making him one of only 13 senators to do so. "But when the day's disputes were over, that very same man was one of our most powerful reminders that so much more unites us than divides us", he said.

John McCain as a "true American hero" - and a awful driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good battle - at a crowded church service Thursday for the maverick politician that ended to the tune of Frank Sinatra's "My Way".

They were all wearing yellow "Vietnamese Refugee Community" T-shirts with the words "We salute our hero Senator John McCain".

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who often fought with McCain over issues such as campaign finance reform and Obama's health care overhaul, praised him as a "generational leader" in the Senate. Lindsey Graham at her side in the semi-darkened Senate.

Why this outpouring of admiration for a politician who was far from universally admired by members of his own party and whose positive commentary went suddenly silent when he became - or strongly supported - the Republican nominee for president?

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will speak during the service, along with Sen.

McCain will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday before a motorcade will take him the the National Cathedral on Saturday, with the former Vietnam prisoner of war passing by the Vietnam Memorial on the way.

President Donald Trump was missing from the ceremony, a result of the animosity between the two men that lingered even after the Arizona senator's death on Saturday from brain cancer. Only one of them has left us: Ronald Reagan, born in 1911, who announced his withdrawal from public life in 1994, a quarter century ago.

And he spoke directly to McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, in the front row: "You were his ballast".

McCain's final visit to Washington, where he served in Congress for 35 years, is being spread out over two days.

McCain is to be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy, next to his best friend from the Class of 1958, Adm.

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