The funeral concluded a week of memorials for McCain, who died on August 25, at the age of 81, from brain cancer. He was kept in solitary confinement for two years, and was subject to frequent beatings from communists in North Vietnam.
The body of the late Sen.
Among those paying tribute at Sunday’s private service were Mr McCain’s sons Jack and Don, retired Army General David Petraeus and long-time political ally Senator Lindsey Graham.
Sunday’s memorial service and burial were private, in contrast to a series of public commemorations last week.
Some wondered what Ivanka Trump would say at her father’s funeral.
“His own attitude, the way he faced death with characteristic fearlessness and perspective, really comforted me”, Lieberman said. “But I’m left with incredible memories”.
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness”, McCain said. But McCain knew that would not be the headline from the grand service, whose many details he personally oversaw.
Mr. Graham said their inclusion was deliberate. In her eulogy, she tearfully paid tribute to her father and also issued a quick jab at the expense of Donald Trump.
And in a plot twist most of us saw coming, it seems the president heard her message, as he took to Twitter at 3:53 p.m. on Saturday to tweet his campaign slogan. “And she did it the way her dad would want her to do it”.
In an emotional address that moved mourners to tears, McCain’s daughter, Meghan, said, “John McCain was defined by love“.
The casket was then carried to its final resting place by a horse-drawn caisson, with white-clad US Navy personnel lining the road and saluting as it passed, according to photos released by McCain’s family.
Family and friends were joined by his classmates and the current midshipmen for a service at the school’s chapel.
“John McCain to me, was just a true American hero”, said Rick Newman, who live in Annapolis. Some shouted, “God bless you”.
Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment. “Godspeed” and “Rest In Peace Maverick”. He picked the historic site overlooking the Severn River over the grandeur of Arlington National Cemetery, where his father and grandfather, both admirals, are buried.
“Chuck has his wingman back now”, the late admiral’s wife, Sarah Larson, told CNN.