John McCain to be honored at Washington National Cathedral memorial service

Trump may not have been invited to Sen. John McCain's service at the National Cathedral but his daughter Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attended

Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will lead mourners in the cathedral service for McCain, the longtime Arizona senator and Vietnam war hero whose bids for the White House were dashed by the two men.

McCain, who died last Saturday at age 81 after fighting brain cancer, was one of the leading U.S. political figures in the last few decades after being a prisoner of war in Vietnam and serving as a senator from Arizona for more than 30 years.

McCain will be remembered at a ceremony at the National Cathedral on Saturday morning, followed by a private ceremony and burial at the U.S. Navy Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The service for the statesman, former prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate unfolded at North Phoenix Baptist Church after a motorcade bearing McCain's body made its way from the state Capitol past Arizonans waving American flags and campaign-style McCain signs.

Throughout US history, only 32 people have been "lain in state" or "lain in honor" under the soaring Capitol Rotunda, including 11 presidents and unknown soldiers from World War I to Vietnam.

Bush delivered McCain a decisive defeat in the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2000.

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McCain relished his time in Congress, a place he had not returned to since December 2017 as he fought brain cancer.

On Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden wept as he memorialized McCain at a service in Arizona, beginning his remarks, "I'm a Democrat".

He and his brother-in-law, Pat Murphy, waited hours Friday through the heat, humidity - and a brief cloud burst just as McCain's casket was being carried into the Capitol - alongside hundreds of others who were touched by McCain's career.

McCain's funeral puts him back in the spotlight a few miles from Trump's doorstep, in the city where the senator, who died last Saturday at 81, worked and collected friends and enemies - and some people were both at different times.

McCain's friend and former chief of staff, Mark Salter, will also be included.

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Members of the public will be allowed to pay their respects during the day.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Sen.

They were all wearing yellow "Vietnamese Refugee Community" T-shirts with the words "We salute our hero Senator John McCain". He referenced a sermon from Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke about harnessing the "drum major instinct" in human nature - the ambition to succeed, to be first - and using it to lead others in righteous causes.

Conspicuously absent will be President Donald Trump, who over the past three years engaged in a public feud with McCain, a fellow Republican.

Friends, family and former presidents will gather at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday to honor the life of the late Sen.

Obama said they "saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world". McCain was involved in planning the events around his funeral.

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Vice President Mike Pence will address the gathering instead, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Security Advisor John Bolton in representing the administration.

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