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McCain family bids emotional farewell to statesman in Phoenix memorial

Sen. John McCain was honored in memorial services at the Arizona State Capitol and the North Phoenix Baptist Church, remembering the statesman and former prisoner of war before he is taken to the U.S. Capitol.

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Image: The Arizona National Guard carries U.S. Senator John McCain's casket during a memorial service

The Arizona National Guard carries the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Aug. 29, 2018.

McCain died on Saturday, little more than a year after he was told he had brain cancer. He was 81.

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Police honor guard stand in formation as they await the arrival of McCain's casket at the Arizona State Capitol on Aug. 29.

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Image: Cindy McCain arrives for a memorial service for Sen. John McCain

Cindy McCain arrives for her husband's memorial service escorted by her sons Jimmy, left, and Jack at the Arizona State Capitol on Aug. 29.

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Image: Cindy McCain follows the casket of her late husband U.S. Senator John McCain into the Arizona State Capitol where he will lie in state in Phoenix

Cindy McCain follows her husband's casket into the Arizona State Capitol on Aug. 29.

McCain is the third person to lie in state in the rotunda in the past 40 years; others were Arizona state Sen. Marilyn Jarrett in 2006 and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, a Tucson resident, in 1980.

 

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Image: Friends and family of Sen. John McCain

Friends and family follow McCain's casket into the Arizona State Capitol on Aug. 29.

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Image: Veterans walk past the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Veterans walk past McCain's casket during the memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Aug. 29.

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Image: Senator John McCain lies in state at the Arizona Capitol

Cindy McCain sits with her sons Jack, Jimmy, and daughters Meghan and Bridget during the memorial service on Aug. 29.

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Image: Cindy McCain lays her head on casket of Sen. John McCain

Cindy McCain walked up to the flag-draped casket, patted it, then leaned over and kissed it.

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Meghan McCain cries during the memorial service on Aug. 29.

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Mourners stand in line to attend McCain's viewing at the Arizona Capitol on Aug. 29.

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Image: Arizona Sen. John McCain Lies In State In The Rotunda Of Arizona State Capitol

A girl holds flowers as mourners wait in line to pay their respects to McCain at the Arizona State Capitol on Aug. 29.

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A serviceman salutes as he pays his respects during the memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Aug. 29.

Another viewing will be at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, with a final memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Image: Bystanders look on as a motorcade carrying the casket of Senator John McCain drives from the Arizona State Capitol to a memorial service in Phoenix

Bystanders watch as the motorcade carrying McCain's casket drives from the State Capitol to the memorial service on Aug. 30.

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Image: The family of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

McCain's family, from left, son Doug, son Jimmy, daughter Meghan, son Jack, wife Cindy, daughter Bridget, daughter Sidney and son Andrew watch as the casket is moved from the hearse before a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Aug. 30.

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Image: Memorial Service Held For Sen. John McCain At North Phoenix Baptist Church

Military pallbearers escort McCain's casket into the church on Aug. 30.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden gives a tribute during the service on Aug. 30.

Addressing an estimated 3,500 mourners, Biden recalled “the sheer joy that crossed his face when he knew he was about to take the stage of the Senate floor and start a fight.”

Biden, a Democrat who was among the fast friends the Republican senator made across the aisle, said he thought of McCain as a brother, “with a lot of family fights.”

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Image: People gather along the street after the memorial service for the late US Senator John McCain

People gather along the street after the memorial service on Aug. 30 as his casket is transported to a plane en route to Washington.

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A Military Honor Guard carries McCain's casket toward a Boeing C-32 military aircraft at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as members of the Arizona Army and Air National Guard stand on the tarmac to pay their respects on Aug. 30.

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Image: Memorial Service Held For Sen. John McCain At North Phoenix Baptist Church

Cindy McCain boards the plane carrying her husband's casket en route to Washington on Aug. 30.

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A Military Honor Guard prepares to load the casket onto the plane on Aug. 30.

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Image: The Arizona National Guard stands at attention as a military transport plane carrying the casket of Senator John McCain takes off on its way to Washington, DC in Phoenix

Members of the Arizona National Guard stands at attention as the military transport plane takes off on its way to Washington on Aug. 30.

McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday before a memorial service at the National Cathedral on Saturday, and then he will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday.

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