Family, friends say final goodbye to John McCain

John Mc Cain, with his wife Cindy Mc Cain at the wedding of their daughter Meghan Mc Cain

John Mc Cain, with his wife Cindy Mc Cain at the wedding of their daughter Meghan Mc Cain

A motorcade carrying the McCain's casket arrived for a private memorial service and interment at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis on Sunday.

Sen. John McCain's funeral procession made its way along the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway and along USA 50 Sunday morning to arrive at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Recalling McCain's many admirable qualities of head and heart going back to his days as a prisoner-of-war during the Vietnam war and the Senator's commitment to bipartisanship (an nearly lost virtue in Trump-led US) Obama noted to smiles: "What better way to get a last laugh than to make George (Bush) and I say nice things about him to a national audience?"

With that, McCain's family, including his 106-year-old mother, Roberta, is escorting his remains to Annapolis on Sunday.

President Trump - who had major personal and political differences with Mr McCain - has spent the weekend at his private golf course in Virginia, and did not attend.

Bush and Obama were among hundreds of family, friends, former congressional colleagues and staff members who gathered at the cathedral and sat before McCain's flag-draped coffin.

"The America of John McCain", she declared with a steely stare, "has no need to be made great again because America was always great".

"Number one, Americans appreciate military service".

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'She is grieving over the father she adored, and I believe most Americans understand that and I'm just so proud of the young lady she's become.

Sam Smith, 71, a retired federal employee, and his wife Joan, 76, who said she met McCain once at a campaign event in Arizona, lamented the loss of McCain's grit, honesty, personality and "everything he did for this country", they said. "Godspeed" and "Rest In Peace Maverick".

For his final resting place, McCain picked the historic site overlooking the Severn River, not Arlington National Cemetery, where his father and grandfather, both admirals, are buried.

The senator was buried next to his best friend from Annapolis days, Chuck Larson, who died in 2014.

Quite a few put their own twist on the president's July 2015 words about the senator's time as a POW in Hanoi during the Vietnam War, "I like people who weren't captured."

Tributes to McCain began Wednesday in Arizona and continued for the remainder of the week.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, another frequent Trump critic, said Meghan McCain "was just incredible".

The couple said they were especially moved by the memorial service Saturday at Washington's National Cathedral, where former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush gave eulogies.

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