Before 3500 mourners, John McCain is eulogized as a 'true American hero'

Before 3500 mourners, John McCain is eulogized as a 'true American hero'

Before 3500 mourners, John McCain is eulogized as a 'true American hero'

A private memorial service was held for Sen. On those trips, they would talk about family, politics and worldwide relations. Singer Aretha Franklin and McCain lived through the decade that reshaped so much of American life but were propelled into the 1970s and all the way to 2018, carrying some of the fundamental storylines of the 1960s as they hurtled forward.

John McCain wrote in his final book, published this year, that his mother's "vivaciousness is a force of nature" and though a stroke has slowed her and made speaking a "chore", she still had "a spark in her, a brightness in her eyes that would light up the world if she could resume her peripatetic life".

Washington's past and present political elite bore witness.

The former vice president spoke forcefully as he said politics wasn't what was most important to McCain - that it was the underlying values that mattered.

"The way I look at it, the way I thought about it was that I always thought of John as a brother", Biden said. I run out of bounds.

"If I say you're doing this because you are being paid off, if I say you're doing this because you are not a good Christian, if I say you're doing this because you are this, that, or the other thing, it's impossible to reach consensus", the former VP said, as he remembered both his friend and a different time in the nation's history. While some might find our friendship out of the ordinary, it was a flawless example of what made him an iconic figure of American politics and service to fellow man.

Another speaker was Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who noted that he and McCain "had an unlikely friendship, but one that I will always cherish". He said McCain didn't judge individuals on color of skin, gender or their bank accounts but the merit of their character and content of their hearts.

McCain died Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) touches the Lincoln catafalque prior to the casket of Sen.

Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at his funeral on Saturday.

"A few years ago, he was kind enough to take me on a personal tour of the U.S. Senate".

Dozens of people, including schoolchildren of all ages, are holding McCain signs and American flags as they waited for the motorcade to arrive Thursday at a church for the longtime senator's memorial service. "I am a Democrat, but I love this man because he brings honour to just being a man". Cindy McCain pressed her face against her husband's coffin, and daughter Meghan McCain erupted in sobs.

The public began filing into the Capitol to pay their respects to McCain around 1 p.m.

Michael Fellars stood on a roadway outside of North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday waiting to see the funeral procession. The Marines veteran said he was also the fourth person in line Wednesday to attend the public viewing at the Capitol. He would call me in the middle of the campaign (and) say, 'What the hell did you say that for?

Soon after entering politics in 1982, McCain was elected to the US House of Representatives, where he served two terms before setting his sights on the US Senate, which he joined in 1987 and to which he won easy re-election five times (most recently in 2016). "We are here today to honor an American patriot who served a cause greater than himself", Pence said.

Mr McCain, whose father and grandfather were admirals in the US Navy, was shot down over Hanoi by the North Vietnamese military on Oct 26, 1967, while on a bombing run, and survived 5½ years as a prisoner of war.

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