Washington Pays Tribute To John McCain

01 September, 2018, 18:52 | Author: Angel Logan
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McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy. John McCain, R-Ariz., lays a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, during a funeral procession to carry the casket of her husband from the US Capitol to National Cathedral for a Memorial Service.

The maverick politician was a former prisoner of war and a two-time presidential candidate. Obama defeated McCain eight years later in the general election. His widow, Cindy McCain, placed a ceremonial wreath there.

McCain, who rose to the rank of captain in the US Navy, was shot down over Hanoi while on a bombing mission in 1967. John McCain sits in the nave during the funeral service at the National Cathedral on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC.

"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served", she said.

On Saturday, a motorcade will take McCain's casket past the capital's stately monuments en route to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where Cindy McCain will place a wreath at the black, v-shaped granite wall inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 US soldiers killed in combat.

As the GOP nominee in 2008, McCain lost to Obama.

She described "the America of John McCain" as the America of the Revolution, Abraham Lincoln and members of the armed services.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a close friend of McCain's, and McCain's children Jimmy and Sidney McCain will take part in the ceremony as well.

Other notables included Republican congressional leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Henry Kissinger, the secretary of State in the Nixon and Ford administrations, said McCain believed in American military strength but also its compassion and engagement in the world. The motorcade carrying the senator's body from the U.S. Capitol departed the Capitol shortly after 8:40 a.m.

The daughter and son-in-law of President Donald Trump are among the highest-ranking White House officials attending the service.

The service at Washington National Cathedral is one of several events honoring McCain's life this week.

Instead he holed up in the White House and remained uncharacteristically silent on Twitter during the ceremony, before flying to a political event in North Carolina later in the day.

"The president asked me to be here, on behalf of a grateful nation, to pay a debt of honor and respect to a man who served our country throughout his life, in uniform and in public office". Some embraced and held back tears while others just passed through on a Saturday morning run. He died August 25 at age 81.

Saturday's ceremony could serve as a rehabilitation of sorts for Bush, who will be delivering one of his most high-profile addresses since leaving the White House almost 10 years ago.

"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. Services will be private.

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