Widow and children lead mourners at service for John McCain

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

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

A man wearing a Vietnamese military uniform salutes near the casket of Sen.

McCain, who was first elected to the Senate in 1987, died Saturday at age 81, following a battle with brain cancer. John McCain lies in state, after a public viewing was over, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone while his father, who went on to become an admiral, served in the military.

Mr Ducey said imagining Arizona without Mr McCain is like imagining the state without the Grand Canyon, two things it is known for.

McCain's name would replace that of former Sen.

"I grew up where a handshake was a contract and your word was your bond", Riordan said. Attendees included three of McCain's onetime Republican colleagues from Arizona's congressional delegation - retiring Senator Jeff Flake, former Senator Jon Kyl and former Congressman James Kolbe.

From there, McCain will depart Arizona from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Temperatures are expected to reach 104 degrees in Phoenix Wednesday but that didn't stop some mourners from getting an early start.

The line snaked down streets even as a continuous flow of people flowed past the casket. "We'll miss that pace", Davis, McCain's former national campaign manager for both of his presidential bids, said.

The former senator said McCain had "been to more countries, knew more foreign leaders and had a better grasp of history than any other American official, including our secretaries of state".

Ducey remarked on McCain's resilience and strong principles.

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"He's a big lover of John Coltrane, more jazz and big band from back in the day", said Whipple.

Part of the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route was lined with USA flags and campaign-style placards that simply read "McCain".

He would have turned 82 years old on Wednesday.

Instead of talking politics, he says they talked about their love of classic rock and music in general. "I wanted to give her something that related to her husband's service".

Critics have attacked Graham for his close relationship with Trump, but Graham said he disagrees with those who say the only way to honor McCain is to fight the president.

Morales says she brought her children "to show them what a real hero was".

For some Arizona residents, McCain has been a political fixture for their entire lives.

Davis said that the senator would frequently do early morning media interviews to get his message out, despite the time difference between Arizona and NY or Washington, and then do a full day of work.

"Senator Hatch believes it's a worthy goal and looks forward to working with the majority leader to accomplish it", Hatch's deputy chief of staff, Matt Whitlock, said Monday afternoon. Some of those services are private, but many are followed by public services with live streams available so people across the country can tune in and pay their respects.

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