Retired Senator and former Vice President Joe Biden will today offer a tribute to John McCain in Phoenix in a celebration of the service of life that will precede the transportation of the deceased legislator to the national capitol to establish himself in the state.
Biden and McCain served in Congress together for more than two decades, forging a friendship that withstood the test of time and the brutal presidential race that pitted senators from competing parties.
Still, Biden said in a discussion of his colleague: & # 39; If you need my personal help, I would go & # 39;
The son of the politician Beau died three years ago after losing a battle against the same cancer that ended McCain's life over the weekend.
In a moment that moved the United States, Biden consoled the daughter of her friend Meghan, in The View last fall after the diagnosis of her father, telling the emotional co-host of the program: "One of the things that gave courage to Beau , my word, it was John.
"I know that if I picked up the phone tonight, I called John McCain and said," John, I'm second in Vine in, in, in Oshkosh, and I need your help, come on. You would get on an Airplane and come, "said Biden. And I would do it for him too. "
Retired Senator and former Vice President Joe Biden will today offer a tribute to John McCain in Phoenix in a celebration of the service of life that will precede the transportation of the deceased legislator to the capital of the country to settle in the state.
Biden and McCain served in Congress together for more than two decades, forging a friendship that withstood the test of time and the brutal presidential race that pitted senators of opposing parties against each other.
In a moment that touched the United States, Biden consoled the daughter of her friend Meghan, in The View last fall after her father's diagnosis, telling the emotional co-host of the program: "One of the things she gave him value to Beau, my word, it was John & # 39;
In addition to Biden, 24 sitting senators and four former senators, Arizona's current governor and former vice president Dan Quayle will honor John McCain in celebrating life's service today.
The office of the late senator says that the players and staff of Arizona's top sports teams, the Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Coyotes, will also attend today's service.
The body of the late senator will be escorted to the Arizona State Capitol building in Phoenix, where he stayed overnight, for McCain's wife, Cindy.
McCain was to remain in the state at the Arizona Capitol, as well as at the United States Capitol, before his remains reached their final resting place at the United States Naval Academy.
Members of the Arizona National Guard brought the coffin covered with the McCain flag to the Arizona Capitol rotunda on what would have been their 82nd birthday.
Cindy McCain, in her first public appearance since the death of her husband, accompanied her body as well as the couple's children.
It was an emotional day for the family that saw Cindy McCain kiss her husband's coffin, Meghan McCain burst into tears and her children Jack and Jimmy, both in full dress uniform, greet their father.
He began a long journey of remembrance for the McCain family.
The deceased senator will be commemorated at a service in Phoenix today before his remains are brought to Washington D.C. On Friday, a ceremony will be held in the United States Capitol building, where he will return to the state. On Saturday his funeral will take place at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and he will be buried on Sunday at Hospital Hill at Naval Academy Cemetery.
ADIOS BEGIN: Cindy McCain leans her cheek on the coffin of her husband John McCain
MCCAIN FAMILY: Cindy McCain, Jack McCain, Jimmy McCain, Meghan McCain and Bridget McCain in the State Capitol Building
Jimmy McCain and Jack McCain greet their father's coffin while Cindy McCain places her hand on his heart
The body of John McCain was taken by the honor guard to the Capitol
Cindy McCain, escorted by her sons Jack and Jimmy McCain with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and his wife Angela, who greeted the McCain family upon their arrival
Cindy McCain was escorted by the couple's children, Jack, in his white uniform, and Jimmy, in his army uniform.
Jack and Jimmy saluted their father's coffin as they pulled him out of the hearse.
Meghan McCain was visibly crying during the morning events. She was escorted by her husband to the Capitol and clung to his brother Jimmy during the service.
The day was rich in military tradition for the veteran of the Vietnam War and a graduate of the Naval Academy.
Members of the public waved flags when McCain's coffin was taken to the building by members of the guard in uniform. An honor guard of the police was also present to pay tribute.
Jack McCain, son of Senator John McCain, plays his father's coffin
Cindy McCain is escorted by her children Jimmy, on the left, and Jack, on the right
McCain's body will be in state until Thursday
Cindy McCain wipes a tear during a service for her husband at the Arizona Capitol
Jimmy McCain is a sergeant in the Arizona National Guard, having been an enlisted Marine. Jack is a Navy helicopter pilot.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a long-time friend of the family, said on Tuesday that Cindy McCain is putting one foot in front of the other as she prepares for five days of commemorations before the deceased senator is buried at the Naval Academy. Annapolis, Maryland. on Sunday.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and his wife Angela hailed the McCain family.
At a service on the Capitol, Ducey remembered a lunch the couple had with the McCains in May.
Meghan McCain says goodbye to his father
Cindy McCain says goodbye to her husband of 38 years
Cindy McCain sits with her children Jack and Jimmy, and their daughter Meghan
Cindy McCain meets her children Jack (left) and Jimmy (right)
Meghan McCain cries as she and her husband Ben Domenech continue behind the coffin that takes his father John McCain to the Capital building
"He said that" my biggest challenge is to decide if I am running for re-election in 2022. "Dying as observed 50 years earlier was not in his plan," said Ducey.
The Republican governor gave the longest comments, talking about McCain's ties to the state in which he had lived during the 40 years.
Ducey noticed how Arizona was known for two things: the Grand Canyon and John McCain.
"Imagining Arizona without John McCain is like imagining Arizona without the Grand Canyon, it's just not natural," he said.
Arizonans line up to pay their respects to Senator John McCain. The governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, pointed out how Arizona was known for two things: the Grand Canyon and John McCain.
Spectators reach out and pay homage to McCain, who is in the state in the state capital of Arizona, Rotunda, in Phoenix.
He also spoke about McCain's statesmanship.
– John McCain was more than political. He brought us over politics. John is probably the only politician who allows us to put aside politics and unite as a state and a nation as we have done, "he said.
He also praised Cindy McCain: "You are a model for us and an inspiration. Arizona loves you Cindy McCain.
Senator Jeff Flake read the blessing at the ceremony while Representative Jim Kolbe presented a wreath.
Flake's prayer offered words of comfort to the McCain family.
Send the quilt to remind them that joy comes in the morning. Now, as we move forward, let us remember your humble servant with joy and joy to answer his call to summon the best angels of our nature, to see and appreciate humanity in our opponents, to forgive more freely so that we can be forgiven. "Said Flake, his voice broke sometimes.
Cindy McCain follows her husband's coffin in the Capitol building
The police honor guard stands in formation as they await the arrival of the coffin carrying McCain
The ceremony began with a prayer for McCain.
"Let these tears bring flowers in the desert that he loved, in the country he served and in all our hearts," said Father Edward Reese.
Former Senator Jon Kyl, who served with McCain in the Senate, said the state should be proud of its senator.
& # 39; We can be proud that he was our senator. I consider it a privilege to have served with John and I will miss him as a friend and as a powerful force for the United States in the world, "Kyl said.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Cindy McCain led the mourners to pay homage to her husband. She walked to her coffin, kissed him and placed her cheek on him before touching the flag and walking away.
Children Jack and Jimmy followed, both putting their hands in their father's coffin.
Meghan McCain went next and was sobbing at the remains of her father.
McCain's body will remain in state until there are no more lines to see him, his aide Rick Davis said earlier this week.
On Thursday, McCain will be remembered by his old friend of the Senate, former Vice President Joe Biden, who will pay tribute to him at North Phoenix Baptist Church.
There will be a piper in the bag, since "John loves pipe music," Davis said of the service.
A former US Marshal In the United States, José Cordero Torres, 82, a veteran of the Vietnam War, leaves his medal of praise on the floor near McCain's coffin.
Senator John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81
Meghan McCain will conduct the tribute to his father at his memorial service on Saturday
Members of the Arizona National Guard bring McCain's coffin to the Capital
Children of Senator John McCain: back to the left Sidney McCain, Meghan McCain and her husband Ben Domenech, Bridgett McCain, first line and daughter-in-law Holly McCain
In addition, McCain's adopted daughter, Bridget McCain, will give a reading as Andy McCain, his son from his first marriage, will do.
Larry Fitzgerald, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals – McCain's beloved football team – will give his opinion.
After the ceremony, the Arizona National Guard will act as an honor guard during a solemn transfer ceremony, during which McCain's coffin will be taken aboard a presidential aerial lift and transferred to Washington D.C.
McCain will remain in the state Friday at the United States Capitol building, a place that spent more than 30 years as a lawmaker and naval assistant, where lawmakers will hold a ceremony in his honor.
Vice President Mike Pence will be the administration's representative at that event and will place a wreath.
House Speaker Paul Ryan will place a wreath in the House of Representatives and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will lay a wreath in the Senate.
Pence, Ryan and McConnell will comment on McCain and his service.
On Saturday, the McCain family will meet at the Capitol and accompany McCain's remains to the Vietnam War Memorial.
There, Cindy McCain and her family would have a wreath in honor of McCain's service in the Vietnam War, where he was held prisoner for five years.
Senator Jeff Flake pauses before the arrival of Senator John McCain's funeral procession
The Arizona National Guard takes the coffin to the museum roundabout
Senator John McCain's coffin arrives at the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol
US naval cadets UU They pass by the coffin during a memorial service of John McCain
A former US marine UU Say hello to McCain's coffin
Members of the public line up to pay their respects to Senator John McCain outside of the Arizona Capitol
McCain's funeral will take place at the National Cathedral with a parade of brave names giving tribute and carrying his coffin.
Your daughter Megan will give the first tribute.
She will be followed by former Senator Joe Lieberman, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama.
The readings will be made by two of McCain's closest friends in the Senate: Senator Lindsay Graham and former Senator Kelly Ayotte.
The coffin bearers will include actor Warren Beatty, Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, former Senator Russ Feingold, former Senator Phil Gramm, former Senator Gary Hart, Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza, former Governor Tom Ridge, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, FedEx Chairman Fred Smith, and McCain co-author Mark Salter.
Musical selections will include The Navy Hymn, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and American the Beautiful sung by the Cathedral Choir and the Navy Choir.
In addition, as specifically requested by McCain, who had worked on his funeral arrangements the year before his death, the opera star Renee Fleming will sing "Danny Boy."
He will be buried on Sunday at a private ceremony at Hospital Hill at the US Naval Academy. UU Surrounded by his family, friends and classmates from the Naval Academy of the Class of 58.
Lindsey Graham and Jack McCain will give you tributes.
John Sidney McCain III died on Saturday, August 25, at the age of 81, after a long battle against brain cancer.
He was born on August 29, 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was assigned.
He was the son and grandson of four-star Navy admirals and followed his flag-bearers to the Naval Academy.
He became a Navy pilot, was shot down during the Vietnam War, where he spent five years being tortured by North Vietnamese.
He moved to Arizona at the age of 45 and served two terms on behalf of the state in the US House of Representatives. UU He was elected to the Senate in 1987 and easily won re-election five times.
He ran for president twice but never reached the highest office on earth. He lost the Republican nomination to George W. Bush in 2000 and the general election to Barack Obama in 2008. Both men will speak at his funeral.
He is the third person to lie in the state at the Arizona roundabout in the last 40 years. The others were Arizona state senator Marilyn Jarrett in 2006 and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, a resident of Tucson, in 1980.