Senator John McCain was honored Friday in a private ceremony in the US Capitol. Speakers included the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, Parliament Speaker, Paul Ryan, and Vice President Mike Pence.
WASHINGTON – One Amazing number of political, military, diplomatic and cultural leaders of the nation paid tribute on Friday to the late Senator John McCain – "a drum master of Courage, Truth and Justice" – as he lay in the prosecutor's US Capitol Rotunda
The grim assembly began with three days of ceremonies in honor of McCain, a former naval aviator and prisoner of war in Vietnam, who won six years in the Senate and before it's over, McCain joins the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Washington National Cathedral and the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
In a fitting testimony, the sky exploded in a downpour when McCain's flag-draped casket was raised Inside, the marble steps of the US Army's Capitol tears rose among the mourners when they were seated in 1865 on the simple, 1865-built pine catafalque to hold the body of Abraham Lincoln.
At that moment, the 81-year-old Senator became only the 31st person in the state for 166 years. Senators who served with him for decades stood attentively, hands on hearts; Senator Jeff Flake, his colleague from Arizona, fought tears.
Vice President Mike Pence – representing the President, with whom McCain met frequently, Donald Trump – welcomed the Senator as a man of iron will who never resigned
"The President asked me, on behalf of a grateful Nation to be here to honor and respect a man who served his country throughout his life, "said Pence. He mentioned Trump twice, but The President declined to answer tormented questions when he left the White House for events in North Carolina in the early afternoon.
A former member of Congress, Pence recalled traveling overseas with McCain, who later became chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee "I never traveled with a colleague who was better at our subordinates or our generals," he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recalled the "arrogant, handsome naval aviator" who later became "a generation leader in the US Senate became where our nation radiates its great debates. "
"He would by all means fight his vision of the Common good," said McConnell. "Depending on the question, did you know that John would either be your most loyal ally or your most stubborn opponent?"
House spokesman Paul Ryan recalled McCain's "unmistakable openness" when he spotted the former naval pilot in a dispute. really talks like a sailor.
But if he brought his own children or grandchildren to McCain's final resting place at the Naval Academy, where he will be buried on Sunday, Ryan said he would tell them, "This is one of the bravest souls our nation has ever produced Has.
Roberta McCain, 106 , takes a moment to look at her son's coffin, Senator John McCain, after a commemoration ceremony in the US Capitol rotunda, where he was in Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: EPA-EFE)
During McCain's widow, Cindy, his children, grandchildren, and 106-year-old mother, Roberta, stood steadfastly in front of his coffin, Meghan McCain, his daughter, holding her grandmother's hand.
In a McCain-intended demonstration of bipartisanship Deeply involved in the planning of the memorial, Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer participated in the presentation of the official Senate wreath, and the minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, joined Ryan in presenting the house arrangement. [1 9659029] Sen. Chuck Schumer bends his head as he waits for the body of John McCain, who is on August 31, 2018 in Washington in the US Capitol in Washington. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>
Chuck Schumer bows his head as he awaits the body of John McCain, who is in Washington, Washington, on August 31, 2018. (Photo: Jasper Colt, USA TODAY)
Many high-ranking government officials were present, including John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, and several Cabinet members. Strikingly missing: Trump, who was not invited.
Apart from the US flag, which hung motionless over the North Portico, there were few signs of anything unusual in the White House. The helpers knocked on their computers in the west wing, while McCain's services were broadcast live on wall devices. Tourists gathered at the gate to shoot photos in the blistering heat.
"He would have become a good president," said John Rassier, a 72-year-old from California who visited Washington for a wedding and said he had given a lot of thought to McCain since his death. "We hope he's not a dying politician."
The list of speakers will be expanded on Saturday when the two Presidents who prevent McCain from reaching the Oval Office, George W. Bush and Barack Obama McCain at the Washington National Honor Cathedral. Other speakers include former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman and Senator's daughter Meghan McCain.
Even before McCain's remains in the Capitol, a sense of history was palpable. Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving senator to arrive during the Ford administration, solemnly placed his hand on the black-clad catafalque.
After the ceremony ended, Pelosi helped Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas, at 87, the oldest member of the House, to the coffin to pay his respects. Johnson spent seven years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, overlapping with McCain.
Cindy McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain's best friend in the Senate, later visited the Senate for a private moment, unexpressed by reporters or photographers. Cindy McCain sat down next to Graham at her husband's desk, took two white roses from the vase on McCain's desk and handed it to his widow.
The two then left the chamber and joined some of McCain's children to thank him
Outside the Capitol, at 7:20 am, visitors arrived hours later to receive the privilege McCain's coffin to come over. These included Democrats as well as Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives.
"He was so willing to keep his hand across the aisle," said Verna Miller, a Democrat from Kensington, Maryland. "Hopefully, we can all learn from his kindness and understanding and willingness to work with everyone."
First came Kris Wiebold from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, who got up at 3:30 in the morning driving to the Capitol.
When the visit was opened to the public at 1 pm, hundreds of people joined the line that meandered in front of the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Finally, thousands came to pay their respects to McCain, the Capitol Police estimated.
"I had to be here to thank him for my freedom," said Wiebold. "I hope that his letter that he left the nation is read in all school systems, and everyone should take a week or two weeks to find out about John McCain's life."
This farewell letter contained a line that Ryan quoted: "Our identity and our sense of value are not limited, but augmented by serving good purposes that are greater than ourselves." 19659008] Ryan also quoted Ernest Hemingway, who wrote: "The world breaks everyone, and After that, many are bad at the broken places. "
"No one was stronger in the broken places than John McCain," Ryan said, alluding to the prisoner's five and a half years in prison during the Vietnam War. "The brokenness was his ballast."
The blessing was from Rear Admiral Barry Black, the Senate chaplain who called McCain a drum master. "May the life of this American patriot inspire us to see you more clearly, to love you even more and to follow you more every day," he said.
Here are more details about the events of the weekend in honor of the deceased senator.
On Saturday at 8:30 am, a motorcade will carry the Senator's body from the Capitol to Washington National Cathedral. On the way, the procession will take place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where Cindy McCain will hold an honorary wreath in honor of those who died in the Vietnam War.
Several visitors to the memorial site, where a candlelight vigil should be held on Friday night, said they had MCCain in mind. "Many just felt that he was a man of character and courage," said Bob Healy, a ranger at the National Park Service.
"I like the fact that he stood up for what he believed in. He was not a cookie-cutter politician," he said. Danielle Daks of Nanuet, N.Y. "He was willing to go against his party because of his beliefs, and we do not have much of it today."
At 10:00 am, a national commemoration ceremony celebrating the life of the senator will open at the Washington National Cathedral.
On Sunday, McCain will be buried in the cemetery of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, service will be private
Contribution: Deborah Berry, John Fritze and Maureen Bullhead
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