Members of the military slowly carried the coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in US politics for decades. His family watched from the steps. "We'd talk about promise - the promise of America". "It was this approach to humanity that made Senator John McCain so respected by countless people around the world, including me".
House Speaker Paul Ryan remembered McCain as a man who made a "tremendous difference", "a man of conviction" and a "man of state".
McCain was a stalwart ally of Israel. "He just relished the fight".
And, as McCain's body arrived in the capital from Phoenix, Trump was attending a campaign rally in Evansville, Indiana.
McCain stood out during the last two years as a key rival and critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican whom McCain's family has asked not to attend the funeral.
McCain's wife, Cindy, widely seen as a possible candidate for appointment to succeed her husband, led a procession of 90 mourners past his casket. Lindsey Graham. Here is a full list of what to expect at the service.
The service brought to a close two days of mourning for the six-term senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee in his home state.
His coffin will then depart for the airport and be flown to Washington, DC, where it will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol building before a funeral service featuring former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
His memorial website said that before his passing, Larson reserved four plots of land - for him, McCain and their spouses - near where they first met, at the U.S. Naval Academy's cemetery at Hospital Point, overlooking the Severn River.
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McCain, who died Saturday months after announcing that he had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, was initially honored in the state that he represented in Congress for 35 years. Chuck Schumer, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his deputy Rod Rosenstein, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and New York Reps.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, a former Marine, salutes the casket of Sen.
McCain's lifelong friend and former Congressman Jim Kolbe placed a wreath by his side before Sen.
McCain chose a Russian dissident as a pallbearer, though Trump has professed repeatedly his affinity and admiration for Russian President, Vladimir Putin - praise that came amid special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Fitzgerald was so moved by McCain's interest in him that he decided in 2013 to visit Vietnam to see where McCain was held as a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years.
On Wednesday, a private service was held in Phoenix, Arizona, for family and friends. Biden also served as one of McCain's pallbearers, carrying his casket into the North Phoenix Baptist Church.
On Thursday, Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church. Many veterans who are also Trump supporters - saw it as a sign of disrespect.
He added, "You could come to a different conclusion, but where he'd part company with you - if you lacked the basic values of decency, respect, knowing that this project is bigger than yourself".
"I hope what he stood for will maybe get a renewed look in our country", Woods said.
Biden recalled "the sheer joy that crossed his face when he knew he was about to take the stage of the senate floor and start a fight".