An afflicted Meghan McCain shook hands with her 106-year-old grandmother before appearing with the phrase "I love you" as she played her father's coffin during the funeral of Senator John McCain on Friday morning.
Meghan was seen several times during emotional service wiping tears. The grandmother and mother of John McCain, Roberta McCain, tried to comfort Meghan by holding her hand.
Family and friends gathered at the rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington DC on Friday to say goodbye to the senator, who died last Saturday at 81 years of brain cancer.
John McCain's mother consoled Meghan McCain during the senator's funeral Friday at the Capitol Rotunda in DC
Meghan and Roberta held hands while Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech during Friday's service
Vice President Mike Pence, Majority Senator Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered speeches about McCain's time in the military and his love for his country.
Pence paid tribute to John McCain's military record by recalling the late senator's service at a ceremony at the US Capitol on Friday. He stressed that President Donald Trump asked him to be there.
"The president asked me to be here in the name of a great dignitary to respect me," said Pence.
McCain, who planned his funeral before he died, banned Trump from his monuments but wanted to invite Pence.
The Vice President recalled traveling with McCain and his energy on long trips.
"On behalf of a grateful nation, we will remember John McCain and we will serve his country honorably." May God bless John McCain.
Pence shook hands with the McCain family after their comments and embraced Cindy McCain.
Roberta McCain was taken to bid farewell to her son's coffin and made the sign of the cross
Meghan McCain burst into tears and paid her respects in her father's coffin
Meghan was seen several times during the ceremony crying and wiping her tears
McConnell expressed the gratitude of the nation when he welcomed McCain's remains to lie on the state at the United States Capitol on Friday.
"We come together to acknowledge a great loss and celebrate a great life," McConnell.
"On behalf of an entire nation, thank you," he added.
The entire Congress leadership was present to honor the late senator, who served for more than 35 years in the halls of the Capitol.
"John McCain deserves to be remembered the way he wants to be remembered," Ryan said.
"Yes, he really makes the city like a sailor," Ryan said, recalling McCain's famous temper.
"On behalf of a grateful nation, we will remember John McCain and serve his country honorably," said Pence.
The spectators shared a moment of silence when the honor guard placed the shield of the senator of Arizona on the catafalque
The Capitol rotunda was full of legislators and administration officials with the exception of President Donald Trump.
After the speeches, family and friends paid their respects in John McCain's coffin. Roberta, who uses a wheelchair, made the sign of the cross before returning to her seat.
Meghan leaned over the flag-draped coffin and seemed to utter the words "I love you" when she broke down crying.