Funeral Services Underway for Late Sen. John McCain

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stands over his casket as he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington. Photo: Pool photo by Morry Gash via AP
Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stands over his casket as he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington.

September 01, 2018 12:16 PM

John McCain's procession has made a stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the way to his service at Washington National Cathedral, and his wife, Cindy, has placed a wreath on the memorial.

She was accompanied by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who's President Donald Trump's chief of staff.

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John McCain was a decorated veteran who was held for more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He refused early release.

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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.

It's an interesting list of pallbearers who are set to serve at McCain's memorial service.

It includes actor Warren Beatty and a Russian dissident, Vladimir Kara-Murza. There's also former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, FedEx founder Fred Smith and billionaire investor Ronald Perelman.

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Several current and former senators also are on tap as pallbearers for the Arizona Republican.

At the cathedral, tributes to McCain will come from ex-Presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat who defeated McCain in the 2008 White House race, and George W. Bush, who won the 2000 GOP nomination over McCain.

Also on the speakers' list are former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and daughter Meghan McCain.

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McCain died Aug. 25 at age 81.

Saturday's service is the last for McCain in Washington. He'll be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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