PHOENIX – Military veterans lined both sides of Capitol Plaza on Wednesday as a black hearse brought the casket with Senator John S. McCain into the rotunda, where voters said goodbye to the war veteran who became a towering political figure This part of the west.
When Mr. McCain lied in the state, his immediate family and the political leaders of Arizona courted the naval aviator who endured torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. They remembered him as an example of a statesman who wanted to bring Americans together regardless of their political beliefs.
"It is our job to show our respect," said Robbie Campbell, 59, a nationwide captain of the Patriot Guard Riders, an organization mainly of motorcyclists attending funerals for United States military and first responders. "We do not want someone who serves to protect our freedoms not knowing that the whole nation cares."
A small group of political figures gave short speeches in honor and remembrance of Mr. McCain. His family listened quietly and then stood by the coffin.
Cindy McCain briefly squeezed her face as they absorbed the scene in the chamber. At some point, McCain's daughter Meghan McCain burst into tears as she approached the coffin to touch him. Her lamentation echoed in the rotunda.
John Kyl, a former Republican senator, said that although some people disagreed with McCain's political positions, "that should not diminish our gratitude for his service."
"I was with Senator McCain all over the world, and I'll tell you he had better instincts about how, when, and where you can assert American power than any other leader I know," said Mr Kyl Recognized as a Potential Potential (19659002) "He had been in more countries, knew more foreign leaders, and had a better understanding of the story than any other American official, including our undersecretaries," Mr. Kyl continued. "An Illustration: When others looked in Vladimir Putin's eyes to understand him and get him accommodation, John said," I looked him in the eye and saw KGB.
Also, Governor Ducey and Sen. Jeff Fla ke, an Arizona Republican not running for reelection, were also present, along with several state governors, Fife Symington, Janet Napolitano and Jan Brewer, as well as several state legislatures.
"We sometimes think that politics is life and death," said Mr. Ducey, who will call the replacement to occupy McCain's seat until the next election in 2020. "But John McCain knew better – because he was actually dying and dying
"Along the way, he did it with humor and humanity, and without compromising the principles he loved so much," continued Mr. Ducey, quoting Mr. McCain when he once said "I would rather lose a choice than lose a war. "said the governor," we knew he was telling us that truth.
Members of the public lined up outside the Capitol of Arizona for a public viewing all afternoon.
"I am a lifelong Democrat, and I also served in Vietnam, so I came here to honor a man who has never forgotten his veterans, "said Marlin Porter, 71, a member of the Gila River Indian Community who was waiting in line for the visit." John McCain was just so different from what we have in the White House today: a president who disrespects veterans. "
Mr. McCain had represented Arizona [Arizona] in the House and Senate since he moved to the US in the early 1980s.
He had an overwhelming influence in Arizona developed into one of the most powerful leaders of the state of Hayden, the Democrat, who sat in Congress from 1912 to 1968, and Barry Goldwater, the pioneer of the modern conservative movement, the 1964 republi was a presidential candidate.
Only two other Arizonians had the honor of being in the Capitol: Marilyn Jarrett, a former State Senator, in 2006, and the Olympic Titan, Jesse Owens, in 1980.
Just before 2pm local time, doors to the Capitol for the public open. The honor guard was to stay on duty all night long as people waited in line.
"He was a very open man," said Antonio Velasquez, 46, a Christian pastor and leader of a group that sought to promote the rights of Guatemalan immigrants. Mr Velasquez brought a wreath in honor of Mr McCain on behalf of Guatemalan, both in the United States and in Guatemala.
"It's only part of our gratitude," said Mr Velasquez.
The ceremony on Wednesday was the first of several events that took place in the coming days to honor Mr. McCain. On Thursday, the senator's body is carried by the Capitol in a motorcade that takes him to the North Phoenix Baptist Church, where a memorial service is held. About 1,000 Church Places Are Available to the Public
The church flew McCain's remains on Friday in the US Capitol for another visit to Washington. After a memorial service at the National Cathedral, McCain is buried in the cemetery of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Rebekah Zemansky has reported.