Friends call John McCain hero, maverick at Arizona funeral

S John McCain's funeral in Washington DC

The Saturday gathering comes after thousands of people paid respects to McCain on Friday at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as the Arizona senator lay in state.

The ceremony will feature tributes from Republican former President George W. Bush, who prevailed over McCain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, and Democratic former President Barack Obama, who ran against McCain in the 2008 presidential election and won.

McCain's body, which had lain in state at the U.S. Capitol, arrived at the Washington National Cathedral after his procession first stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where his wife, Cindy McCain, laid a wreath to honor those who died in the war.

He will be buried Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

This morning, John McCain's family and his colleagues in Congress gathered in the rotunda of the US Capitol to pay their respects to the late Senator.

The funeral services for McCain, who for months planned his farewell before he died Saturday at age 81 after a yearlong battle with cancer, is seen by many as a thinly veiled rebuke of Trump, whose open disdain for McCain has alarmed many.

McCain, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was honored in Arizona on Wednesday, the day he would've turned 82.

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Guests at the Greater Grace Temple included former President Bill Clinton , former first lady Hillary Clinton , the Rev. Ranked the best singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2008, Franklin received many accolades over the years.

McCain was a frequent critic of the president, particularly his handling of Russian Federation and penchant for embracing raw nationalism.

"Today, our nation bows in grief", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who encouraged legislators and other Americans to embrace McCain's patriotism and his tolerance - even zeal - for hard, principled political debates.

The longtime Arizona senator, who died from brain cancer on August 25, was borne into the Capitol by representatives from the different branches of the armed services before former colleagues, friends and family paid their respects.

Half a world away, wearing our nation's uniform, John McCain stood up for every value that this Capitol Building represents.

Biden, a Democrat who was among the fast friends the Republican senator made across the aisle, said he thought of McCain as a brother, "with a lot of family fights". Several presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have also lain in state and McCain's casket will lie atop Lincoln's catafalque, a wooden structure that has been used in several ceremonies in past years.

McCain's friend and former chief of staff, Mark Salter, will also be included.

"I'm here to pay respects to a hero", Endress said.

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The traditional service saluted Franklin with words, scripture and songs. "I tend to be a very organized person", Owens said. Wright Museum of African American History an hour before public visitation was set to begin, The Detroit News reported.

A former vice president, an National Football League star and other friends remembered Sen. Joe Lieberman and Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

He said McCain (R-Ariz) inspired him to visit Vietnam and retrace the steps of the retired Navy pilot's gruesome imprisonment.

"John's absence is all-consuming", Biden said.

Mr McCain specifically instructed that Mr Trump not be invited to his funeral.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who often fought with McCain over issues such as campaign finance reform and Obama's health care overhaul, praised him as a "generational leader" in the Senate.

The president was unusually quiet in the White House Friday, not tweeting during the McCain ceremony, then departing for a political event in North Carolina. In one photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are pictured beside Florida Governor Rick Scott and President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton.

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