Celebrities remember John McCain with touching anecdotes

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A funeral will be conducted Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church with former Vice President Joe Biden speaking. Following the morning ceremony, the public will be allowed to pay their respects for the remainder of the day.

A televised funeral service will begin at 10 a.m.at the Washington National Cathedral. President's George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both former presidential campaign opponents to McCain, are slated to deliver eulogies. Following the service, a private burial ceremony will take place at the academy's cemetery, where McCain will be laid to rest next to his longtime friend and Naval Academy classmate, Adm. His grave site will overlook the Severn River, and will be next his best friend from his Naval Academy days, Admiral Chuck Larson. Trump tweeted about McCain after his death but has passed up several chances to comment publicly on the Arizona senator. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" "The president did express his condolences to the family".

Trump's proclamation came just hours after the White House flag had been returned to full-staff, drawing complaints from right and left.

"If the president put out a flowery statement about John McCain's life, the media would criticize it and say it's not consistent with the other things he's said in the past, and it would become a story about the president", Short said during an appearance on CNN. And although he might have had disagreements with McCain about policy, Beatty talked about how he feels friendship can be separate from political ideology.

A family spokesman issued a farewell statement from McCain in which he said of the United States: "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries". "Some voices are so vibrant, it's hard to think of them stilled". Former Vice President Joe Biden is now slated to speak.

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"Few sacrificed more for, or contributed more to, the welfare of his fellow citizens - and indeed freedom-loving peoples around the world", the elder Bush said in a statement.

Tributes have poured in from every living former president honoring the former Navy aviator for his courage, integrity and decency.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the flag should be flown at half-staff "at all federal buildings, grounds and naval vessels in the Washington, D.C., area on the day and day after the death of a United States senator, representative, territorial delegate, or the resident commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico".

"If I had to pick one person in the entire country to explain American to a foreigner, it'd be John", Graham said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel called McCain: "A tireless fighter for a strong trans-Atlantic alliance".

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