At the emotional private ceremony in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey remembered McCain as an internationally known figure and "Arizona's favorite adopted son" on what would have been his 82nd birthday. "The best way I can honor John McCain is to help my country". "It's a fight all Americans are obligated to continue on his behalf".
McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, where the public may pay their respects.
The Vietnam veteran was surprised when Cindy McCain walked right up to a crowd of well-wishers standing outside the building, including Carrasco.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump attacked McCain's record of service, saying the Vietnam veteran was "not a war hero" because he was captured. "Only love can do that".
The rest of his children then filed past the casket and touched it, including his sons in uniform and daughter Meghan McCain, who was weeping.
But that's been overlooked as some Republicans and Democrats have begun to support renaming the Russell Senate Office Building for the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008.
Former Arizona SenatorJon Kyl said he has been with McCain all around the world and that he had better instincts on when to assert USA power than anyone else he knew.
"He believed in its people, its values and its institutions", added Kyl.
McCain is only the third individual so honored in Arizona's state capitol over the past 40 years, organizers of the ceremony said. "It's just not natural".
In another moment, he drew a smile from Cindy McCain as he recalled the senator joking to him during one of their final conversations.
He described how McCain "plowed through" elections with warrior-like energy and focus.
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Davis said that the senator would frequently do early morning media interviews to get his message out, despite the time difference between Arizona and NY or Washington, and then do a full day of work.
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The first of five days of memorials honoring the late Sen.
Thursday morning will see a procession through Phoenix on the way to a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, with the public invited to line the route along Interstate 17. US and Arizona flags encircled the room.
Arizona Cardinals' receiver Larry Fitzgerald is scheduled to will speak during the service in Phoenix, preceding former USA vice-president Joe Biden. A private funeral will be held at the Naval Academy's Chapel in Annapolis on Sunday, followed by burial services at the Academy's cemetery.
Outside the Arizona Capitol after Wednesday's ceremony, more than 100 people had already lined up in the heat, though it would be hours before the doors would open to the public.
Shane Doan of Halkirk, Alta., who retired from the National Hockey League past year after 21 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes organization earlier this month, will be part of the service on Thursday.
Asked by Bash how he squares his close friendship with McCain to his new relationship with Trump, Graham said, "If you know anything about me, I want to be relevant".