Mourners gather for Arizona church service for McCain

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During his speech, which came just before former Vice President Joe Biden, Fitzgerald offered some lighthearted comparisons between he and McCain.

A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass as the motorcade passed underneath on Interstate 17.

As the hearse made its way along the 8-mile route, people held signs that read simply "McCain" and cars on the other side of the highway stopped or slowed to a crawl in apparent tribute. But less than 48 hours after McCain's family announced the senator's death from brain cancer, the flag atop the White House was raised to full-staff. "It was this approach to humanity that made Senator John McCain so respected by countless people around the world, including me".

A military aircraft was scheduled to take his body back east for a lying-in-state at the US Capitol on Friday, a service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, and burial at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Then U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, right, and U.S. Senator John McCain are shown in October 2011 at the Riyadh airbase in Saudi Arabia. "My biggest challenge is deciding whether to run for reelection in 2020", he said McCain told him.

At the church, a choir from the Jesuit-run Brophy College Preparatory school that two of Senator McCain's sons attended sang Amazing Grace. Former Attorney General Grant Woods made fun of McCain for his "ridiculously bad driving".

McCain would call him in the middle of a campaign to give him advice, Biden recalled.

Another friend, Tommy Espinoza, president and CEO of the Raza Development Fund, called McCain "one of the greatest American heroes in our lifetime". - McCain, a decorated American war hero, US Senator and two-time presidential candidate, died on August 25, 2018 at the age of 81.

"I always thought of John as a brother - had a hell of a lot of family fights".

The music chosen for the recession is Frank Sinatra's signature My Way, paying tribute to a man who became known for following his own path based on his personal principles.

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McCain had a complicated relationship with President Trump, who infamously attacked him during the GOP primaries leading up to the 2016 election.

Also expected to attend were two dozen sitting USA senators, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and his wife, Angela; former Vice President Dan Quayle; and several former senators.

The church service brought to a close two days of mourning for Senator McCain in his home state.

"While from very different worlds, we developed a meaningful friendship", said Fitzgerald, adding that McCain didn't judge others on their skin color, gender or bank account but on their character.

Biden also served as one of McCain's pallbearers, carrying his casket into the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Grieving family and friends gathered there Wednesday for an emotional private service, where Cindy McCain pressed her face against her husband's coffin and daughter Meghan McCain erupted in audible sobs.

An estimated 15,000 people filed past the senator's casket to pay their final respects, and McCain sons Doug, Jack and Jimmy, daughter Sidney and daughter-in-law Renee shook hands with some of them.

The Capitol was then opened to the public Wednesday afternoon, allowing visitors to walk by the closed casket after waiting in line outside in the temperatures that reached a high of 104 degrees (40 Celsius).

I'm confident his legacy of devotion and to the common good will continue to inspire people around the world long after today.

Nguyen said that in the 1990s, McCain pushed an amendment to a law that allowed for unmarried, adult children of political detainees to come to the U.S. And, he added that "the thing that's understated the most was his optimism".

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