Washington Unites to Honour Former Senator John McCain

Washington Unites to Honour Former Senator John McCain

A memorial service has taken place in Washington to honour late senator John McCain.

The six-term Republican senator, who lived and worked in the US capital over four decades, is lying in state under the Capitol Rotunda until his funeral service on Saturday.

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Mr McCain’s casket arrived at the Capitol on Friday morning as his family watched from the steps. It then took centre stage as family, friends, politicians and other guests gathered in the vast Rotunda to pay tribute to him.

It is the first of two days of services in Washington honouring the Arizona senator, who served in Congress for 35 years.

On Saturday, his funeral procession will pause by the Vietnam Memorial and head for Washington National Cathedral for a formal service.

At Mr McCain’s request, two former presidents Democrat Barack Obama and Republican George Bush – are expected to speak during the funeral service.

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People close to the White House and Mr McCain’s family have said President Donald Trump, who has mocked Mr McCain for getting captured during the Vietnam War, has been asked to stay away from all events.

Mr McCain’s funeral puts him back in the spotlight in the city where the senator, who died last Saturday aged 81, worked and collected friends and enemies and some people were both at different times.

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