John McCain honored at Washington National Cathedral memorial service

Cindy McCain wife of Sen. John Mc Cain touches the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol

Cindy McCain wife of Sen. John Mc Cain touches the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol

"Generations of Americans will continue to marvel at the man who lies before us, the cocky, handsome naval aviator who barely scraped through school, and then fought for freedom in the skies; who witnessed to our highest values, even through bad torture; and who became a generational leader in the United States Senate, where our nation airs its great debates", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

Ahead of the 10 a.m. service, McCain's casket will leave the Capitol via motorcade. The White House did not immediately answer questions about his destination.

Meghan, a host on ABC's The View, has been a vocal supporter and defender of her father - including taking on President Donald Trump's repeated attacks on McCain.

McCain's hearse paused at the memorial, where Cindy McCain, joined by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, laid a ceremonial wreath honoring those who died during the Vietnam War.

Cindy McCain was the first to pay respects at her husband's casket.

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McCain flew combat missions in Vietnam, survived five and a half years as a prisoner of war, and mounted two presidential runs.

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

Sen. John McCain's flag-draped casket arrived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., late Thursday, where the former presidential candidate will lie in state at the Capitol rotunda following similar honors in Phoenix.

Vice President Mike Pence participated and spoke, saying Trump had asked him to attend to pay his respects.

"I know you can see this gathering here in this cathedral", she said to her father, through tears.

Trump tweeted about NAFTA negotiations during the funeral service.

For Bryan McGinnis, an American University graduate student from Levittown, Bucks County, thinking of McCain conjures images from a trip he took to Vietnam.

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Ben Cardin: " John McCain was an honorable public servant who sacrificed greatly to serve his country and the people of Arizona". A rare Republican critic of Trump, McCain accused the president of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathizing with autocrats.

Her tearful, impassioned tribute opened the memorial service for John McCain at Washington National Cathedral.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, former Sen.

Mr McCain's funeral puts him back in the spotlight in the city where the senator, who died last Saturday aged 81, worked and collected friends and enemies - and some people were both at different times. Joe Lieberman and daughter Meghan McCain.

Mark Salter, a longtime friend of McCain's, told NPR's Rachel Martin on Morning Edition thatMcCain understood there was a shift in the nation's political atmosphere, particularly under Trump's presidency. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will read from the gospels.

Obama and Bush, a Democrat and a Republican, were joined by a who's who of US political leaders, Vietnam-era officials and dignitaries paying tribute to the statesman and former prisoner of war, who died August 25 of brain cancer, days shy of his 82nd birthday. The senator withdrew after losing a series of primaries to Bush on Super Tuesday.

Pence, himself a former House member, recalled traveling through Iraq with McCain and falling asleep during a dinner with officials.

Eight years later, he won the nomination in a contest that seemed nearly predestined - only to lose the election to Obama, who became America's first black president.

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President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday, "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain ". The senator will be buried alongside his Naval Academy classmate and longtime friend Admiral Chuck Larson.

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