Crowds brave heat to honor McCain

Crowds brave heat to honor McCain

Crowds brave heat to honor McCain

A former vice president, an National Football League star and other friends remembered Sen.

U.S. senator John McCain has been remembered as a "true American hero" and a awful driver with a wicked sense of humour at a church service that ended with the playing of Frank Sinatra's My Way. "It's unforgiving. And it takes so much from those we love and from the families who love them that in order to survive, we have to remember how they lived, not how they died", said Biden, who heads initiatives into cancer research.

Today at the memorial service of former Senator John McCain, former Vice President Joe Biden gave a heartfelt eulogy in honor of his good friend. But despite their political differences, the former vice president said he views McCain as a brother.

Woods also recalled the way McCain would introduce him to new staff members by saying, "You'll have to fire half of them".

Meanwhile, the church's senior pastor, Noe Garcia, said Mr McCain was "a true American hero".

The church service brought to a close two days of mourning for McCain in his home state.

John McCain, stands beside his casket as he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington.

On Sunday, a private memorial service is planned at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland.

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 said I've got two purple hearts, too".

A hearse carrying the casket of U.S. Sen.

The cancer that ultimately took the life of McCain also afflicted Biden's son Beau.

The music chosen for the recession is Frank Sinatra's signature My Way, paying tribute to a man who became known for following his own path based on his personal principles.

Pence said that President Donald Trump - a man who was not invited to services for McCain - asked him to be there. "I trusted John with my life".

The single-file procession through the Arizona Capitol rotunda, where McCain's flag-draped coffin was lying in state, stretched across the statehouse plaza and widened to two or three abreast as it extended down adjacent streets.

The memorial was laced with humor and featured a racially and ethnically diverse roster of speakers and other participants.

Here's what to know about McCain's memorial in Arizona on Thursday.

McCain's funeral puts him back in the spotlight a few miles from Trump's doorstep, in the city where the senator, who died last Saturday at 81, worked and collected friends and enemies - and some people were both at different times.

As the 11-vehicle motorcade with a 17-motorcycle police escort made its way toward the church, people along the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route held signs that read simply "McCain", and cars on the other side of the highway stopped or slowed to a crawl in apparent tribute.

Biden, quoting the Declaration of Independence, said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights".

Members of the Arizona National Guard escorted McCain's wife, Cindy, and the rest of his family from the Arizona State Capitol Building, where mourners had gathered to pay respects to the state's late senator on Wednesday.

Ahead of the service Thursday morning, the line for people with tickets to sit in the public section wrapped halfway around the block-sized church. "I'm a Democrat. And I love John McCain", he said, drawing laughs from the crowd.

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