Family bids tearful farewell to 'fighter' John McCain

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John McCain's Naval Academy memorial service and burial Sunday will feature two of his sons and Gen.

Wednesday's ceremony inside the Arizona State Capitol marked the beginning of McCain's week-long journey to his final resting place in Annapolis.

People are starting to line the route that a motorcade will take to bring John McCain's coffin from the Arizona State Capitol to a church for his memorial service.

Though Cindy McCain herself has been speculated to be a possible replacement, she has reportedly not expressed any desire to serve out her husband's term.

John McCain was "Arizona's favourite adopted son", Governor Doug Ducey said on what would have been McCain's 82nd birthday.

"I don't know how he did it", Brewer said on KTAR News 92.3 FM's Mac & Gaydos.

Sen. Jeff Flake gave a benediction at the ceremony.

From there, McCain will depart Arizona from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

"He represented our values all over the world as senator from Arizona and America is stronger for his fierce defense of our values", Kyl said.

The line snaked down streets even as a continuous flow of people flowed past the casket.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he'll form a bipartisan panel to solicit ideas on ways to honor McCain.

By the time government offices closed for the day, more than 7,500 people filed by, and that number was expected to grow, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said.

Before Bob Dole bonded with John McCain as a fellow Republican congressman and war casualty, the longtime senator from Kansas wore a prisoner of war bracelet engraved with his hero's name.

In his remarks Tuesday on the senator's death, Schumer again raised his proposal and said he would begin circulating a letter among his colleagues that day to drum up support.

The U.S. Capitol will be restricted to only those with Congressional credentials starting 7 a.m. Friday.

He would have turned 82 years old on Wednesday.

She wrote: "All that I am is thanks to him".

The change does present some concerns, however.

Kassandra Morales, forty Four, stood with her sons, Eight and just a few years worn.

Schumer said he planned to introduce in the Senate a resolution on renaming the building.

For some Arizona residents, McCain has been a political fixture for their entire lives. Some of those services are private, but many are followed by public services with live streams available so people across the country can tune in and pay their respects.

McCain also invited another Democrat to eulogize him at his funeral: Barack Obama, the man who defeated him for the presidency in 2008. "That's what he did, and that's what quite so a lot of alternative folks must keep on this country".

People carrying campaign style placards with the word "McCain" and holding US flags lined part of the part of the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route the motorcade was taking Thursday to the North Phoenix Baptist Church.