Arizonans pay final farewell to late Senator John McCain

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During a brief private service inside the Capitol rotunda, Gov. Doug Ducey remembered McCain as a senator and internationally known figure as well as a key figure in the history of the Arizona.

READ: Schedule of memorials and ceremonies honoring John McCain in Phoenix, D.C.

PHOENIX - Cindy McCain pressed her face against the flag-draped casket of her husband, U.S. Sen.

Indeed, McCain even appeared to take a final shot at the president in his last letter to America, when he urged people not to be torn apart by tribal politics or to hide behind walls, in comments that were largely believed to be aimed at the president.

According to People, multiple sources have confirmed that Sarah Palin did not receive an invitation to attend memorial services honoring the Arizona senator.

Trump said on Monday that the flag should remain lowered until the senator's interment at the end of the week, after criticism of the flag being lowered just two days after McCain's death on Saturday.

Democrats as well as Republicans were effusive in their praise of Mr McCain as they returned to Congress, celebrating his storied military career and 31 years representing Arizona in the US Senate.

Never one to mince words, Graham admitted when Trump "says something bad about John, it pisses me off".

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He said Manigault Newman worked for President Trump for 15 years and was still saying positive things about him after leaving the White House .

Kassandra Morales, 44, stood with her sons, 8 and 2 years old. "McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his interment", she said in a statement directed at the president.

"Yesterday I asked my son who his hero was. I just want to let you know you did right by your friend.' I said, Thank you Mr. President.'" Graham told CNN's Dana Bash in an interview on "Inside Politics" Wednesday, adding that the call from the President was "right out of the blue". "I brought my children here to show them what a real hero was". Ducey echoed McCain's love for the state, saying, "Imagining an Arizona without John McCain is like imagining an Arizona without the Grand Canyon".

"He believed in something", said Hubbard, who had voted for McCain.

Thousands of people from across the country lined up to pay their respects to the late senator in Wednesday's 105-degree heat.

Thursday morning will feature a procession through Phoenix on the way to a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, with the public invited to line the route along Interstate 17.

Among the pallbearers will be Democratic former vice president Joe Biden, ex-senator Russ Feingold, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor Warren Beatty.

McCain will lie in state again at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, followed by a funeral Saturday at Washington's National Cathedral and a burial on Sunday at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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