Emotional farewell begins for US Senator John McCain


A private ceremony was held Wednesday morning at the Arizona State Capitol Museum rotunda, where McCain will lie in state.

As the room emptied, hundreds of people lined up outside the Arizona State Capitol, hours before the doors opened to the public, waiting to pay their respects to the man who represented them in Washington for over three decades. After public and private pressure, Trump issued a statement Monday offering his "respect" for McCain's service to the country.

Late Sen. John McCain's desk on the Senate floor.

Outside the church, honour guard member Valentine Costalez praised McCain for championing the military during his Senate career. "Only love can do that".

Meghan, who is the late Senator's daughter, was teary in several moments during the ceremony, but when she she stepped up to her father's coffin after her mother, Cindy, she seemed to shake.

From there, McCain will depart Arizona for the last time from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Jeff Flake, former Sen.

Since McCain's passing, there have been many tributes, including from the cast of SNL, and a notable lack of tributes from Donald Trump's White House.

Graham revealed in a CNN interview that Trump phoned him after he made an emotional speech on the Senate floor Tuesday urging Americans to "be more like John McCain".

"He believed in its people, its values and its institutions", added Kyl. He said he came to this realization during his time as a POW in Vietnam. It's clear from the footage that McCain was incredibly beloved by everyone who knew him, as well as his constituents.

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"Imagining Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon", he said. "It's just not natural". Privileged to proudly call him a fellow Arizonan.

This item has been clarified to show that Cindy McCain laid her cheek on the casket.

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" during the church service.

The sun was already beating down on a quiet Capitol as security officers began to patrol the grounds and prepare for the procession with the hearse bearing McCain's body from a funeral home to the Capitol.

Two of McCain's sons are in military uniform and daughter Meghan was crying Thursday. McCain's children from his first marriage followed, themselves all now middle-aged.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will speak at a Saturday memorial service at Washington National Cathedral.

Shane Doan of Halkirk, Alta., who retired from the National Hockey League previous year after 21 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes organization earlier this month, will be part of the service on Thursday.

Lewis said she is a Democrat and therefore not a natural fan of McCain.