Many held their hands over their hearts and waved American flags and applauded loudly; some shouted “God bless you”. “It is no surprise to me that they would end up best friends”, Erica Larson, one of Sarah and Chuck’s three daughters, told CNN. “I will miss him”, Senator Jeff Flake tweeted Sunday along with a photo of him and McCain, in which the former pilot wore a Navy hat. He and his wife, who said she met McCain once at a campaign event in Arizona, lamented McCain’s grit, honest, personality and “everything he did for this country”, they stated.
The life and legacy of the senator, who was laid to rest in a private funeral at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, yesterday, were celebrated in a televised memorial at the National Cathedral over the weekend. The president, who has often criticized and clashed with McCain, was not in attendance.
Mourners and the senator’s family walked behind a horse-drawn caisson carrying his casket from the Naval Academy chapel to the cemetery after the ceremony, the AP reported.
The body of the late Sen.
Debbie Rasmussen of Arnold, Md., sits in her vehicle as she watches for any activity with the funeral and burial for Sen.
“I want to watch the hawks hunt from the sycamore, and then take my leave bound for a place near my old friend Chuck Larson, in the cemetery on the Severn [River], back where it began”, he wrote in a memoir published earlier this year. The public may be exhausted of this war called the war on terrorism, but John McCain never was. But while Larson graduated toward the top of the class, McCain graduated fifth from the bottom. Held as a prisoner until 1973, he was tortured by his North Vietnamese captors in a jail that Americans dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton”.
He ran unsuccessfully for president twice, in 2000 and 2008.
Bush also made what some saw as a dig at the rhetoric and style of President Trump during his honoring of a fellow Republican who he, like Obama, outran to become commander-in-chief.
Meghan McCain seemed to make several veiled references blasting Trump while eulogizing Arizona Senator John McCain at Washington National Cathedral.
The president’s daughter and son-in-law entered the cathedral on Saturday morning shortly before McCain’s funeral service began.
During both the Washington ceremony and the Annapolis burial, Trump was at his private golf course in Virginia.
“Depending on the issue, you knew John would either be your staunchest ally or your most stubborn opponent”, McConnell recalled.