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"Imagining Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon".

A choir from the Jesuit-run Brophy College Preparatory school that two of McCain's sons attended was scheduled to sing "Amazing Grace" and "Arizona" during the church service.

On Sunday, Mr McCain is to be buried at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in a private ceremony.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has told mourners for Senator John McCain that they are "privileged to have called him a fellow Arizonan". "We would do well to honor him by emulating his example". He became friends with numerous athletes in the area. John McCain will be missed. None of these buildings are flying their USA and California flags at half-staff.

"John's dedication to the country and to the men and women who served it was unwavering", Schumer said. How do you accurately be able to give somebody their due justice who served the United States for 60-plus years, I mean dedicated his entire life. Such a proposal would go through his panel for consideration.

A portrait and a birthday balloon are left outside the Arizona State Capitol where U.S. Senator John McCain lies in state in a flag draped coffin on what would have been his 82nd birthday in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., August 29, 2018.

The McCain family said about 15,000 people in all came to pay their respects at the Capitol. "But the nation that he loved is not done with him yet".

During the service, Gov. Doug Ducey remembered McCain as a senator and internationally known figure as well as a major figure in the history of Arizona.

Sen. McCain also adopted the two children of his first wife, Carol, and had a daughter, Sidney, with her, as well.

Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be one of six speakers and one of three athletes participating in Senator John McCain's memorial service in Phoenix on Thursday, according to reports. The service is set to include choir performances and a bagpiper as well.

There wasn't a dry eye in the house when his longtime friend, former vice president Joe Biden, gave his attractive eulogy.

Before the ceremony started, veterans and active military members had staked out spots on the pavement to wait for the hearse that brought McCain's body from a funeral home to the Capitol.

Graham said he regretted the dislike between McCain and Trump, but added "Country First", which was McCain's 2008 presidential slogan, means it is his job to help the White House where he can. The President then allowed the White House's American Flag to fly at half-staff for less than a full day.

Last year, McCain threatened to force an Afghanistan strategy on the Pentagon after the administration delayed issuing its own new policy for months.


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