Biden, NFL star deliver tributes to McCain at Phoenix memorial service

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The service at the North Baptist Church in Phoenix was held for the statesman, former prisoner of war and 2008 presidential candidate after his body was driven in a motorcade from the state capital.

At the service's end, McCain's coffin was borne out of the church to a recording of Frank Sinatra's "My Way".

An estimated 3,500 mourners crowded into an Arizona church Thursday to remember McCain after a motorcade bearing his body made its way past people waving American flags and campaign-style signs.

They shared poignant and occasionally amusing stories about McCain's life and the moments that made McCain special to them.

"I'm Black. he was white".

"This whole idea the world should stop for John McCain's funeral is just a disconnect between the Republican Party and the president's priorities - including keeping the House and avoiding impeachment - and the D.C. echo chamber", said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide, was quoted as saying by Politico. He ran for president, I run out of bounds. I have flowing locks, and, well, he didn't.

"Yes, ours was an unlikely friendship. It's about just loving people for who they are and I think I'm going to do my best to convey that message". When the two first met, McCain had already been in the senate for nearly 20 years while Fitzgerald was an unknown rookie.

The main speech in tribute to McCain was to be delivered by Biden, a friend and former six-term Democratic senator from DE who was elected vice president as the running mate of McCain's rival for the White House, Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential race.

"I was thinking this week about why John's death hit the country so hard", Biden said, before adding, "I think it's because they knew that John believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of America". "That's what he would want".

A two-term congressman and a senator for more than three decades, McCain shaped USA policy on everything from immigration to foreign policy, spoke out against the country's use of enhanced interrogation practices during the George W. Bush administration and irrevocably changed the very body in which he served.

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John McCain who was held as prisoner of war in Vietnam and later was instrumental in bringing the wartime foes together. Thursday, Aug. 30: Memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church celebrating McCain's life and legacy.

"He believed in something", Hubbard said. "He would not stand by as people tried to trample the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment". "The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad - but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us".

However, President Trump, with whom McCain frequently found himself at political odds, will be conspicuously absent as the former naval aviator and Vietnam War prisoner in the ceremonies leading up to a private interment at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

In an emotional ceremony earlier on Wednesday, family, close friends, colleagues and several former members of Arizona's congressional delegation gathered to remember the late senator.

On Friday, McCain came home to the Senate one last time, becoming only the 31st person to lie in state in the US Capitol, a rare honor reserved for government officials and military officers.

"It was once a little bit harrowing, a little bit wild, a little bit insane", Woods joked, "but a lot of fun and the greatest honor of my life".

The Arizona Cardinals superstar - who grew close to McCain since he joined the National Football League in 2004 - says it was an unlikely pairing. but that's what made it so special.

Acknowledging that the two had "a lot of family fights", Biden said many people had failed to see past McCain's scrappy exterior to his core optimism.

It was both a celebration of McCain's life and a somber reminder of the changing times.

Biden, 75, first met McCain in the 1970s when McCain was a Navy Senate liaison.

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