John McCain memorial service held in Arizona on August 30

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Honorary pallbearers stood with the family Thursday and include the first Native American woman to serve on the federal bench and two popular Arizona athletes.

The White House initially lowered its US flag to half-staff on Saturday, raised it back up, and on Monday lowered it again in an unusual break with protocol. "Gathered in this spot, we are especially grateful that John made Arizona his home". McCain became close friends with all three athletes during his time in the Senate.

A black hearse carrying Sen.

The move to remove the name of a legendary Georgia native from a Washington, D.C. office building is not sitting well with one of his descendants. As her daughter pushed her wheelchair slowly toward the capitol doors, Campbell had little to say about the Arizona Republican's politics.

A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass as the motorcade passed underneath on Interstate 17.

Arizona Cardinals' receiver Larry Fitzgerald is scheduled to will speak during the service in Phoenix, preceding former US vice-president Joe Biden.

The Arizona Cardinals' wideout, however, said speaking at Sen.

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl served alongside McCain in the U.S. Senate for almost two decades. McCain died Saturday of brain cancer.

Late into the evening, McCain's children thanked those who came.

Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church. Members of the public began lining up hours in advance for a casket viewing that was to begin in the afternoon.

"Fortunately, I've had some time to get prepared and put some of my thoughts on paper", Fitzgerald said.

Since McCain's passing, there have been many tributes, including from the cast of SNL, and a notable lack of tributes from Donald Trump's White House.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, John McCain's colleagues paid tribute to the late lawmaker and his legacy Monday on the Senate floor as leaders from both parties fondly recalled the Arizona Republican's fighting spirit and unwavering dedication to the United States.

A Navy veteran, McCain is also being honored as a hero for his service during the Vietnam War.

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

By 8 a.m., several dozen veterans and active military members had taken spots on the sidewalk to watch it. Others placed their hand over their heart or bowed, including Vietnamese-born residents who travelled from Southern California.

"I grew up where a handshake was a contract and your word was your bond", Riordan said. "I wanted to give her something that related to her husband's service".

The viewing will go on as long as people are waiting in a queue, Rick Davis, Mr McCain's former presidential campaign manager, said.