A two-term congressman and a senator for more than three decades, McCain shaped United States policy on everything from immigration to foreign policy, spoke out against the country's use of enhanced interrogation practices during the George W. Bush administration and irrevocably changed the very body in which he served.
A single-file procession wound through the copper-domed capitol, where McCain's body lay in state.
Gov. Doug Ducey greeted the McCain family as the Arizona National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team carried Sen.
The air around the Arizona State Capitol was heavy as McCain's body moved from the A.L. Moore Grimshaw-Mortuary Wednesday morning.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man who at times fought on the opposite side of McCain on issues like campaign finance, remembered McCain as a tough political opponent.
"He's done so much for us", said Costalez, who stood watch earlier this week while McCain's body was at a funeral home.
At the church, 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. Vice President Mike Pence was expected to attend, according to officials.
Trump, who has mocked McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War, was asked to stay away from the Capitol service, people close to the White House and the McCain family said.
"He held fast to his faith in America through six decades of service".
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It would seem that Mignolet is unlikely to receive a great deal of sympathy from the Liverpool faithful, many of whom view the former Sunderland goalkeeper as arrogant and unprofessional for his comments.
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Over a two-day period, the viewing will allow admirers of the singer to share their fond memories with other fans. Guests will also be able to walk by Aretha's gold-plated casket to the sounds of her gospel recordings.
"He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long", she continued.
Nearly a quarter of McCain's fellow senators, Democrats and Republicans, traveled to Arizona to remember him during a carefully executed program that began at the Arizona State Capitol, continued to the Baptist church where he worshiped and ended at the Phoenix airport, where hundreds of Arizona National Guardsmen gave him one final salute.
Sen. McCain is also survived by his wife, Cindy, and seven children.
"I know how hard it is to bury a child, Mrs. McCain", he continued, addressing John's 106-year-old mother, Roberta McCain. In 2017, shortly after his brain cancer diagnosis, McCain returned to Washington DC, where he cast a crucial vote against a Republican-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act - one of Obama's signature policy achievements.
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) touches the Lincoln catafalque prior to the casket of Sen.
Inside the Capitol, other senators and dignitaries arrived, along with McCain's 106-year-old mother, Roberta.
It was both a celebration of McCain's life and a somber reminder of the changing times. "He could disagree on substance, but it was the underlying values that animated everything John did, everything he was". Graham sat in his own chair. McCain was a member of the Academy's Class of 1958.
The main speech in tribute to McCain was to be delivered by Biden, a friend and former six-term Democratic senator from DE who was elected vice president as the running mate of McCain's rival for the White House, Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential race.
"We love him", Mr Francis Nguyen, 60, told The Straits Times. He's only the third person to get such an honor in the state of Arizona in the past 40 years. In the 1990s, Biden said, "it was always appropriate to challenge another senator's judgment, but never appropriate to challenge their motive".