Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Sen. John McCain Makes His Final Return To The U.S. Capitol

Sen. John McCain Makes His Final Return To The U.S. Capitol

President Trump, whose public criticism of McCain is well documented, is not expected to attend the ceremony.

President Donald Trump, who had feuded bitterly with the senator, was notably absent.

The skies were clear in Washington until about 10 minutes before the honor guard carried McCain's casket into the Capitol.

The Arizona Cardinals superstar - who grew close to McCain since he joined the National Football League in 2004 - says it was an unlikely pairing. but that's what made it so special.

Larry Fitzgerald, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals NFL team, described his perhaps unlikely friendship with McCain. "I disagreed with numerous things that I assume he believed in".

The remains of the late Senator John McCain are lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Friday as Americans continue to mourn the loss of the long-time legislator and war hero.

By 11 a.m., still two hours before the general public would begin filing past McCain's flag-draped casket, the line surrounding them wove through several long rows of barricades across from the U.S. Supreme Court. On Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden remembered McCain as a brother, and said the two were "cockeyed optimists" in a memorial service for McCain at a church in Phoenix.

Former political science professor Kevin O'Farrell said it's a reflection of both the decades of work McCain did in Congress and the life he lived.

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Visitors place candles at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in honour of John McCain during a candlelight vigil for the late senator in Washington, DC. He also threatened to upend the rules of global trade, saying he would pull out of the World Trade Organization unless it adopts rules more favorable to the United States.

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.

McCain sought the Republican nomination for president in 2000 and won the nomination in 2008. We thank God for giving this country John McCain. So it included speakers like Vice President Mike Pence, who represented a White House McCain clashed with.

McCain's funeral puts him back in the spotlight a few miles from Trump's doorstep, in the city where the senator, who died last Saturday days short of his 82nd birthday, worked and collected friends and enemies - some in both camps at different times. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will read from the gospels.

During Saturday's funeral service, former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will speak along with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Sen.

En route to the cathedral, the cortege of one of America's most famous prisoners of war stopped briefly at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where his wife, Cindy McCain, laid a wreath to honor those who died in the war. The Senate was next, followed by the House and then members of President Trump's Cabinet. Pence sat next to his widow, Cindy McCain, during the ceremony.

Before Bob Dole bonded with John McCain as a fellow Republican congressman and war casualty, the longtime senator from Kansas wore a prisoner of war bracelet engraved with his hero's name.

On Sunday, McCain will be buried in the cemetery at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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