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Moving Moments From John McCain's Capitol Hill Tribute
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Moving Moments From John McCain’s Capitol Hill Tribute


The late Sen. John McCain was honored by his congressional colleagues and members of the public at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. 

The senator from Arizona became the 31st person to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, according to the Architect of the Capitol website, which says the country’s “most eminent citizens” are given the honor.

Here’s a look at some of the most memorable moments from the ceremony.

Rain As The Service Began

A military honor guard team carries the casket of the late senator into the Capitol.


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A military honor guard team carries the casket of the late senator into the Capitol.

The skies were clear in Washington until about 10 minutes before the honor guard carried McCain’s casket into the Capitol. 

New York Times reporter Emily Cochrane said, “One woman described it as ‘the heavens are weeping.’”  

Speeches From Senators And The Vice President

President Donald Trump ― who was not invited to McCain’s memorial ― said in a statement Monday that he asked Vice President Mike Pence to give an address at the ceremony.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks as the former senator lies in state in the Capitol rotunda.


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Vice President Mike Pence speaks as the former senator lies in state in the Capitol rotunda.

“For 35 years, John served in these very halls under this very dome. And he fought for what he believed in,” Pence said at the service. “In my years in Congress and as vice president, we didn’t always agree either. And he almost always noticed. But his support for limited government, for tax reform and support for our armed forces surely left our nation more prosperous and more secure. And he will be missed. As President Trump said yesterday, we respect his service to the country.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also spoke.

“He had America’s fighting spirit,” McConnell said. “I will miss a dear friend whose smile reminded us that service is a privilege.”

A Bipartisan Wreath Laying Ceremony

McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) participated in a joint wreath laying.

CNN reported that McCain “expressly wanted Schumer, a Democrat, so he and McConnell jointly laid the Senate wreath.”

McCain will also be remembered at a memorial service at Washington’s National Cathedral on Saturday. His body will be laid to rest Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

For more from the Capitol Hill memorial for McCain, see the photos below.

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