Joe Biden To Honor John McCain, His Friend Of 4 Decades

Geneva Stokes
September 2, 2018

"I'm a democrat. And I loved John McCain", Biden said at the start of his eulogy.

"Many people might wonder what a young, African-American kid from Minnesota and a highly-decorated Vietnam War hero-turned-United States senator might have in common".

Cindy McCain laid her head on her husband's casket as the family along with McCain's friends and his fellow Arizona dignitaries said their goodbyes to the senator's flag-draped casket.

A choir from the Jesuit-run Brophy College Preparatory school that two of McCain's sons attended sang "Amazing Grace".

They had come from Mesa, Arizona, for the service, and moved from Vietnam a year ago. But despite their political differences, the former vice president said he views McCain as a brother. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call) Members of the different services were bearers of McCain's casket into the Capitol. "We're all Americans. John McCain believed in our Constitution".

The church's senior pastor, Noe Garcia, pronounced McCain "a true American hero".

Dabbing his eyes as he recalled his friend, Biden said McCain "could not stand the abuse of power wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever country".

His memorial website said that before his passing, Larson reserved four plots of land - for him, McCain and their spouses - near where they first met, at the U.S. Naval Academy's cemetery at Hospital Point, overlooking the Severn River.

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

Touching on his own losses, of his first wife and daughter, who died in a auto 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".

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Arizona Cardinals' Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald spoke at the memorial service for Sen.

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.

Top members of Trump's administration including his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton were present at the solemn cathedral service. John McCain, the maverick politician and former prisoner of war who died at 81.

Several firefighters are standing on top of a firetruck on an overpass above a Phoenix freeway saluting a motorcade with a hearse carrying Sen.

"We both loved the Senate".

In addition to tributes and Scripture readings, a host of lawmakers, former aides, friends and family members are set to serve as pallbearers at the various services honoring McCain.

After the ceremony at the Capitol on Friday, the public is invited to pay their respects to McCain.

Graham plucked two roses from the vase on the late senator's desk and gave them to her, according to two people close to McCain with knowledge of the private moment.

Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church Thursday. The Marines veteran said he was also the fourth person in line Wednesday to attend the viewing at the Capitol for the Navy pilot held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for 5 1/2 years after being shot down over Hanoi. His fight: "legendary. But what made Senator McCain so special was he cared about the substance of my heart rather than where I came from".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man who at times fought on the opposite side of McCain on issues like campaign finance, remembered McCain as a tough political opponent.

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