Dermer to Represent Israel at Upcoming Memorials for Late Sen. John McCain

Seven family members will serve as pallbearers during McCain's ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy: grandsons Andrew Jr. and Shep; granddaughters Caroline and Margaret; sons Andrew Sr. and Douglas; and son-in-law Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist.

Arizonans were paying tribute to a lost son.

"He had America's fighting spirit, our noble idealism, our solemn patriotism and our slightly irreverent streak all rolled into one".

Twenty-four sitting USA senators, four former senators and other leaders from Arizona were expected at the service for the maverick politician, former prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate.

Biden and McCain's friendship was born in the early 1970s.

By the time the doors closed, as many as 15,000 people had come to pay their respects.

Ted Kaufman, a former DE senator who is close to Biden, likened the former vice president and the Arizona senator to two football players who would play hard for opposing teams, then leave all of that on the field and go out together after the game.

It suddenly started to pour on an otherwise hot and sultry day as military members somberly carried his casket from a hearse into the Capitol at roughly 10:40 a.m. - only to abruptly taper off as he was carried into the building.

And by design. McCain asked Obama and Bush to deliver eulogies while the family made clear that Trump was not welcome.

According to the AP, John McCain, who died last week at age 81, once got a call from his mother telling him she was on a cross-country driving trip - alone, while in her 90s. "Many just felt he was a man of character and courage", said Bob Healy, a ranger with the National Park Service.

The Arizona memorial was also addressed by American football star Larry Fitzgerald, a friend of Mr McCain who plays for the Arizona Cardinals.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) touches the Lincoln catafalque prior to the casket of Sen.

He says McCain "was about the only politician that I have ever known who cared for the people in his country, and he tried his level best to make it a better place in which to live". And he whispered into my ear.

"I didn't suffer" as he did, Endress said. It was, in part, because McCain believed in the necessity of reaching across the aisle to get big things done. I promise you that a time will come...a smile will come to you before a tear to your eye. He ran for president.

It's just on one of several commemorations in Arizona, Washington and Maryland this week honoring McCain's life and decades of service to the nation.

In recent days, McCain has been eulogized and remembered by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Inside, former military members in shorts and T-shirts saluted.

A former Hualapai Tribe chairwoman, Benson drove from Cherry Springs to the Capitol where she waited in line to see the senator.

"John McCain, through forgiveness, accomplished what we were unable to do with all our weapons of war", CBS News' Bob Schieffer said. Thousands of citizens paid respect as he lay in state at the Arizona Capitol.

Even those who didn't know him were there to honor the senator and thank his family for all of the sacrifices.

Chasity Pullin grew up in Arizona.

She was 93 at the time.

"I sat in his cell", Fitzgerald said, imagining the "ordeal that my friend survived [which] became all the more real". "He was a real person and he treated you like a real person".

Throughout the brief ceremony, McCain's widow Cindy, his children, grandchildren and his 106-year-old mother, Roberta, said stalwart facing his casket. "Everybody should take a week or two weeks to learn about John McCain's life".

"I think he's a good measure of all of us".

  • Leroy Wright