As People Across The Country Mourn, Sen. McCain's Casket Arrives In Washington

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The silver-haired Roberta McCain - whose presence was only confirmed on the eve of the ceremony - appeared composed as she drew near her son's casket in a wheelchair, making the sign of the cross on her chest.

Ducey said McCain's fight for America wasn't over adding "it's a fight all Americans are obligated to continue on his behalf".

"John McCain believed in our constitution", said Grant Woods, his longtime campaign manager.

Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church. Firetrucks were positioned along the route.

"I've done everything that they requested and, no, I don't think I have at all", he said in response to a question about whether he had made a mistake and missed an opportunity to unite the country.

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.

Twenty-four sitting US senators, four former senators and other leaders were among those expected at Thursday's memorial.

The hearse is accompanied by Arizona Highway Patrol motorcycle troopers and vehicles with family members.

McCain, a former Republican nominee for president, died August 25 from brain cancer. The ceremony was attended by more than two-dozen of the Arizona Republican's current and former Senate colleagues as well as former Vice President Dan Quayle.

Mourners were given programs with an image of a sunset.

"My name is Joe Biden". McCain will be buried Sunday in a private funeral at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. John McCain as a "true American hero" - and a bad driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good battle - at a crowded church service Thursday for the maverick politician that ended to the tune of Frank Sinatra's "My Way".

Part of the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route was lined with USA flags and campaign-style placards that simply read "McCain".

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"We love him", Mr Francis Nguyen, 60, told The Straits Times.

Former Vice President Joe Biden wipes away a tear while giving a tribute during a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church for U.S. Sen.

The senator passed at age 81 "in the place he loved best" at his home near Sedona.

Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at the ceremony on Saturday.

McCain sons Doug, Jack and Jimmy, daughter Sidney and daughter-in-law Renee shook hands with some of the estimated 15,000 people who filed past the senator's casket to pay their final respects.

An organist was practicing The Navy Hymn on Wednesday evening.

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.

The celebration of Sen.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, a former Marine, salutes the casket of Sen.

Biden's son, Beau, died from the same form of brain cancer as McCain and the late Massachusetts Sen. He said to John's family, including wife Cindy McCain and his seven children, "There's nothing anyone can say or do to ease the pain right now, but I pray that this gives you comfort: that you shared John with us your whole life, the world now aches for John's death".

Fitzgerald also discussed his need to visit Vietnam to see what McCain endured.

On Friday, McCain will become only the 31st person to lie in state in the US Capitol, a rare honor reserved for government officials and military officers.

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