McCain's 106-year-old mom to attend his Washington services

McCain's 106-year-old mom to attend his Washington services

McCain's 106-year-old mom to attend his Washington services

John McCain's casket for a memorial service.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) give a thumbs up before receiving the the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden (left) at the National Constitution Center on October 16, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died last Saturday of brain cancer at age 81.

The air around the Arizona State Capitol was heavy as McCain's body moved from the A.L. Moore Grimshaw-Mortuary Wednesday morning.

Just ahead of the San Diego contingent was Regina Akerson, 17, who also arrived around 7 a.m. They'd talk about family, politics and worldwide relations.

From there, a C-32 military aircraft will take McCain to the East Coast for another public viewing at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

In the rotunda, Sen.

"I trusted John with my life and I would think he would trust me with his", he added. He's only the third person to get such an honor in the state of Arizona in the past 40 years. None of the patients were critical, firefighters said.

"Many, numerous families that wouldn't have made it to America made it here. He'd part company with you if you lacked the basic values of decency, respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself".

John McCain's sons, Doug, Jack and Jimmy and daughter, Sidney, shake mourners' hands outside the Arizona Capitol Wednesday night August 28, 2018. Jon Kyl who both gave heartfelt remarks. McCain will be buried Sunday in a private funeral at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Another friend, Tommy Espinoza, president and CEO of the Raza Development Fund, called McCain "one of the greatest American heroes in our lifetime".

Biden said the two men got to know each other while making overseas trips together.

"We both loved the Senate, proudest years of my life were being a United States senator".

"I will miss him as a friend, and a strong force for America, and the world", Kyl said. Biden said the same aggressive brain cancer that claimed McCain also claimed their friend Ted Kennedy and Biden's son Beau.

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A native of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Roberta Wright was almost 21 and a college student in southern California when she eloped to Tijuana, Mexico, in January 1933 with a young sailor named John S. McCain Jr. "We'd talk about politics".

"We are so excited and so touched to have this opportunity to pay our respects to the late senator", Nguyen said. The private ceremony will include tributes by Graham and McCain's son Jack.

Touching on his own losses, of his first wife and daughter, who died in a vehicle accident in 1972, and his son Beau in 2015, he counseled the McCain family on how to soldier on through their grief, and compared loss to "being sucked into a black hole inside your chest".

Among the speakers on Thursday was Grant Woods, McCain's former chief of staff, who retold one of the earliest anecdotes from the epic that was the senator's life. McCain wrote in his book The Restless Wave that he wished he had picked Lieberman to be his vice presidential running mate in 2008.

Well into her 90s, she became a fixture on John McCain's 2008 campaign, connecting with audiences and displaying some of the sass and wit he appeared to have inherited from her.

Ducey said McCain's fight for America wasn't over adding "it's a fight all Americans are obligated to continue on his behalf". Jeff Flake delivered a touching benediction. Another McCain son, Douglas, will offer a reading of Scripture at this ceremony.

"If we are able to just let those differences go and look at him for the man that he was and for the life that he lived, you are able to see past a lot of that stuff — and it doesn't really matter", Blanco said.

The Capitol was then opened to the public Wednesday afternoon, allowing visitors to walk by the closed casket after waiting in line outside in the temperatures that reached a high of 104 degrees (40 Celsius).

In McCain's final days reflecting on his time serving Arizona and the nation, the word "blessed" was used often.

Former military members in shorts and T-shirts stopped and saluted the closed casket flanked by National Guard members at the Arizona Capitol.

After it ends, McCain's body will be taken to Sky Harbor International Airport and flown to Washington D.C., 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.

Fitzgerald, who first met McCain as a rookie with the Cardinals, went on to say that the late senator "never judged others on the basis of their ethnicity, background or political affiliation", instead evaluating people "on the merits of their character and the contents of their hearts".

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