John McCain Receives Presidential Farewell: Obama, Bush Give Eulogies At Washington Funeral

John McCain's Casket

John McCain's Casket

McCain is to be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy, next to his best friend from the Class of 1958, Adm.

WASHINGTON DC, USA - The final public ceremony honoring late US senator John McCain began Saturday, September 1, in Washington, where eulogies by two former presidents will highlight the warrior politician's call for healing, but current commander-in-chief Donald Trump is notably absent.

McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War.

McCain's daughter Meghan also eulogized him, noting his breeding as son and grandson of admirals, accomplishments across the world and tenderness as a father despite his tribulations.

Eight years later, he won the nomination in a contest that seemed nearly predestined only to lose the election to Obama, who became America's first black president. His widow, Cindy McCain, placed a ceremonial wreath there.

McCain's body lay in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

"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, her voice raising from tearful to anger.

President Donald Trump, who feuded publicly with McCain and criticized his war record, did not attend. "In the past few days my family and I have heard from so many of those Americans who stood in the warmth and light of his fire".

It was an awkward message to deliver from a president who has studiously refrained from praising McCain, either during his illness or since his death.

McCain became the Republican nominee for president in 2008, running as the "maverick" he was known for.

The casket of U.S. Sen.

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Colonel Trần Trọng Duyệt praised McCain for both his conduct during his imprisonment and later work as a US politician. Twitter users also bashed Trump for sharing an Instagram post about McCain's death that featured a picture of himself.

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

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

Inside the cathedral luminaries including comedian Jay Leno, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Senator Bob Dole and others visited with other leaders while a powerful pipe organ played music in the background.

The motorcade carrying Sen.

While members of Congress honored one of their own in a touching ceremony that featured an address by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump was again not there.

From the White House, Trump has been tweeting complaints about the news media, Canada and the Justice Department. It is the last event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked over forty years, and part of McCain's five-day, cross-country funeral procession.

The ribbon on the wreath said "In Honor Of All Who Served" in gold letters. Some embraced and held back tears while others just passed through on a Saturday morning run.

The invitation-only national memorial service celebrating the senator's life began about 10 a.m.

However, most of McCain's tribute was in honor of her father's parenting.

The Vietnam War hero died of brain cancer on August 25 at the age of 81. Services will be private.

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