A memorial service to the late Senator John McCain began, where former Vice President Joe Biden will direct the tributes.
Cindy McCain and the McCain family followed the coffin to the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, where close friends of the deceased senator from his Arizona adoptive state will honor him.
An honor guard made up of representatives from the various service branches (marines, army, navy, air force) brought McCain's coffin to the church.
An honor guard made up of representatives from the different branches of services: Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, brought McCain's coffin to the Baptist Church of North Phoenix
The coffin bearers escort Senator John McCain's coffin at a memorial service at Phoenix North Baptist Church
McCain's coffin at Phoenix North Baptist Church
Former Vice President Joe Biden arrives for McCain memorial service
Pastor Noe Garcia began the service by describing McCain as a man loved by all: "a brave man, a man of faith and a man who loved his family."
The set of Brophy students sang & # 39; Amazing Grace & # 39;
The adopted daughter of the McCains, Bridget, read in Ecclesiastes, her voice broke when she did it: "For everything there is a time, a time for every purpose under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die, a time for planting and a time to start what is planted. "
Grant Woods, former Arizona attorney general and McCain's chief of staff, offered a series of stories that showed McCain's lighter side, leaving the congregation smiling as he described McCain's driving style and the funny stories of the election campaign. .
It was "very fun", Woods said, and "the greatest honor of my life."
"He was the hero of the United States," he said. "He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith."
"Sleep in heavenly peace," he concluded.
McCain's remains were taken from the state Capitol on Thursday morning, accompanied by his widow and children.
It was the second day that Cindy McCain and the family were in the spotlight as the nation spent the next few days in mourning for the Republican senator from Arizona.
Passersby watches as a caravan carrying the coffin of Senator John McCain drives from the Arizona State Capitol to a memorial service
The body of John McCain leaves the capitol of Arizona
Cindy McCain leaves the Arizona Capitol with her children Jimmy, left, and Jack
Senator John McCain's coffin leaves the Arizona State Capitol
Your body will be taken to Phoenix North Baptist Church
The cars stopped along the road when the procession headed to the church
Cindy and the children Jimmy, in his army dress uniform; Jack, in his navy blue linen; Meghan and Bridget stood in front of the Capitol building while Jimmy's platoon officers removed the coffin covered with the McCain flag and loaded it into a hearse to transport it to Phoenix North Baptist Church.
Once again, Jimmy and Jack greeted their father's coffin, as they did on Wednesday when they arrived at the capitol to remain in the state.
The cars stopped along the road when the caravan headed to the church. Some people waved McCain campaign posters or American flags; A group of firefighters stopped to see the senator's body pass by. The children of the school were seen looking at the motorcade.
After the memorial service, the Arizona National Guard will escort McCain's body to Washington D.C., where he will remain in the state at the United States Capitol on Friday before his funeral at the National Cathedral on Saturday.
Meghan McCain arrives at the Capitol to accompany the remains of her father
Jimmy McCain, left, and Jack McCain greet the father's remains while Bridget, Meghan and Cindy watch
The mourners watch as the caravan travels to Phoenix North Baptist Church
Biden and McCain were in Congress together for more than two decades and the former vice president visited the senator at his ranch in Sedona, Arizona, in his last days, when McCain was planning his funeral.
Biden's son, Beau, died three years ago after losing a battle against brain cancer, the same disease that took McCain's life on Saturday.
In a moment that moved the United States, Biden consoled the daughter of her friend Meghan, in "The View" of ABC, last fall after her father's diagnosis, telling the emotional co-host of the program, & # 39; One of the things that gave Beau courage, 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. would come, "said Biden. & # 39; And I would also do it for him & # 39;
People watch a caravan carrying the coffin of Senator John McCain
Fireman observes the caravan carrying the coffin of Senator John McCain
Preparations are being made in the Rotunda of the US Capitol. UU In Washington for Senator John McCain to lie in the state. His coffin covered by the flag will be placed over the Lincoln Catafalque, a coffin built for the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln
Retired Senator and former Vice President Joe Biden will offer a tribute to John McCain
In a moment that touched the United States, Biden consoled the daughter of her friend, Meghan, on ABC's ABC program last fall, after her father's diagnosis.
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.
Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers will be present to pay a bipartisan tribute to his colleague.
The office of the late senator says that players and staff of Arizona's top sports teams, the Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Coyotes, will also attend Thursday's service.
The remains of McCain arrived at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, which would have been his 82nd birthday.
Members of the Arizona National Guard brought the coffin covered with the McCain flag to the rotunda of the Arizona Capitol.
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.
ADIOS BEGIN: Cindy McCain leans her cheek on the coffin of her husband John McCain
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
An honor guard will meet McCain's hearse at the church. After a waiting period, the coffin bearers will line up the vehicle as the Armed Forces Corps Carrier Team pulls out McCain's coffin and carries it inside the church.
He will be followed by a reading of Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2 by his daughter Bridget McCain, as well as an interpretation of the hymn "Amazing Grace," a reading of 2 Timothy 4: 6-8 by Andrew McCain.
His remains will leave the church in "My Way" by Frank Sinatra.
Grant Woods, former Arizona Attorney General and McCain Chief of Staff in the House of Representatives, will pay tribute to his fallen friend in the service.
The president and executive director of the Race Development Fund, Tommy Espinoza, and former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., have also been invited to honor the senator.
Biden will deliver the final tribute of the service.
After it's over, McCain's body will depart in a caravan for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where he will be transported to Washington.
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.
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 was escorted Wednesday 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.
Jimmy McCain is a sergeant in the Arizona National Guard, having been an enlisted Marine. Jack is a Navy helicopter pilot.
Meghan McCain says goodbye to his father
Cindy McCain says goodbye to her husband of 38 years
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.
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.
His coffin covered by the flag will be placed over the Lincoln Catafalque, a coffin built for the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.
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.
Sen. Jeff Flake pauses before the arrival of Sen. John McCain's funeral procession on Wednesday.
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.
Jimmy McCain will read David Novak's poem, "The Requiem," which the senator read at his father's funeral.
She will be followed by a group of bold names that McCain selected to pay tribute: 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.
In addition, Sidney McCain, the senator's daughter from her first marriage, will read a piece from the Second Corinthians.
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.
General David Petraeus, Lindsey Graham and Jack McCain will give tributes.
The Marine Coro will sing & # 39; Amazing Grace & # 39;
After the ceremony, McCain's remains will be carried by US Navy Carriers. UU And placed in the drawer. Then a procession will be formed and you will head to the final resting place in the cemetery of the US Naval Academy. UU
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.