Nation bids farewell to Senator John McCain

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McCain died on August 25 at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form brain cancer.

In a display of his magnanimous nature, McCain personally asked Bush, his Republican rival in 2000, and Obama, his Democratic foe in 2008, to deliver eulogies.

Of those who spoke at Friday's ceremony, fellow Republican Mitch McConnell had perhaps the fullest sense of the McCain experience.

"The America of John McCain is the America of the revolution". Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and actors Warren Beatty and Annette Bening also stopped.

Kushner and Ivanka Trump could be seen greeting other guests inside the cathedral, including McCain's close friend, South Carolina Sen.

"His friends just happened to have big names, but they were still his friends".

"Tonight more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama", McCain said at the time.

"He was very focused on the future".

Capitol Police Honor Guard salutes the casket of Senator McCain who lies in state in the Rotunda at the US Capitol in Washington, US, August 31, 2018.

Her tearful, impassioned tribute opened the memorial service for John McCain at Washington National Cathedral.

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The service, much like the ceremony held in Arizona on August 30 where former Vice President Joe Biden spoke through tears about his good friend, will be an emotional one.

Obama, who triumphed over McCain in the 2008 Presidential Election, said that despite their differences, McCain and he shared a "fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed".

McCain, who died Saturday months after announcing that he had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, was initially honored in the state that he represented in Congress for 35 years.

Mark Salter, a longtime friend of McCain's, told NPR's Rachel Martin on Morning Edition thatMcCain understood there was a shift in the nation's political atmosphere, particularly under Trump's presidency. His tense relationship with McCain continued even after the senator's death, when it took several hours for Trump to issue a proclamation lowering flags at federal buildings to half-staff until McCain's interment.

McCain, who died last Saturday at age 81 after fighting brain cancer, was one of the leading U.S. political figures in the last few decades after being a prisoner of war in Vietnam and serving as a senator from Arizona for more than 30 years.

McCain's casket had remained overnight in the Capitol rotunda, where thousands of mourners had filed past on the day before to say goodbye as McCain lay in state.

"My reaction to Vietnam was through the lens of where John McCain was for five years", he said, describing how he became physically sick after the visit and thinking about what it was like to be held captive in that environment.

Graham has called Trump's handling of the events around McCain's death "disturbing".

12 Today will cover the procession to the U.S. Naval Academy Sunday at 8 a.m., and at 11 a.m., there will be a 12 News special report.

As cameras panned the cathedral gathering, including such members of the Washington elite as former presidents Obama, Clinton, and George W. Bush, along with Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Sen.

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