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Memorial tributes to John McCain

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Sen. John McCain’s final journey ended Sunday, Sept. 2 on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy within view of the Severn River and earshot of midshipmen present and future, and alongside a lifelong friend.

A horse-drawn caisson carrying the senator’s casket led a procession of mourners from the academy’s chapel to its cemetery following a private service. The senator’s widow, Cindy, and his children were among those who walked behind the caisson. Joining them were family and friends as well as members of McCain’s Class of 1958 and military leaders.

The U.S. Navy band played marches along the way and several hundred Naval Academy midshipmen lined the path. A flyover of military aircraft in “missing man” formation honored the Navy pilot who was shot down over Vietnam and held more than five years as a prisoner of war.

After the American flag was removed from the casket, a grieving Cindy McCain pressed her check to its surface and McCain sons Jimmy and Jack shared a hug. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis presented flags to Cindy McCain and Roberta McCain, the senator’s 106-year-old mother.

The burial was private as per the wishes of McCain, the Arizona Republican and 2008 presidential nominee died Aug. 25 from brain cancer at age 81.

Tributes to McCain began Wednesday in Arizona and continued for the remainder of the week. On Saturday, speeches by his daughter Meghan and two former presidents — Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama — remembered McCain as a patriot who could bridge painful rivalries. While their remarks made clear their admiration for him, they also represented a repudiation of President Donald Trump’s brand of tough-talking, divisive politics. Trump and McCain were at odds during the 2016 campaign and for much of Trump’s presidency. (AP)

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A rose is placed to honor the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing in Dirksen Building on the influence of foreign operations on social media on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)


In this photo provided by the family of John McCain, Cindy McCain lays her head on the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a burial service at the cemetery at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (Photo: David Hume Kennerly/McCain Family via AP)


In this image provided by the family of John McCain, Jimmy McCain hugs his brother Jack McCain, touching casket, as Cindy McCain, watches during a burial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the cemetery at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 (Photo: David Hume Kennerly/McCain Family via AP)


Family members, including Cindy McCain, back center, follow a horse-drawn caisson carries the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as it proceeds to the United States Naval Academy cemetery in Annapolis, Md., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, for burial. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)


The covered burial plot for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., sits quietly Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 at the cemetery at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Years ago Chuck Larson, whose memorial stone is at right, an admiral himself and an ally throughout McCain’s life, reserved four plots at the cemetery — two for McCain and himself, and two for their wives, now widows. Larson died in 2014, and McCain wrote in a recent memoir that he wanted to be buried next to his friend, “near where it began.” (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)


In this image proved by the U.S. Navy, Midshipmen salute the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as a horse-drawn caisson transports his flag-draped casket to the United States Naval Academy Cemetery for his burial service, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Burke/U.S. Navy via AP)


In this image proved by the family of John McCain, the family follows as the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is moved from the Chapel on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy after a service Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. (Photo: David Hume Kennerly/McCain Family via AP)


Spectators watch a hearse containing the body of the late Senator John McCain arrive for a private memorial service and burial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Sept. 2, 2018. (Photo: Mary F. Calvert/Reuters)


People watch as the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is brought to Annapolis, Md., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, for his funeral service and burial at the U.S. Naval Academy. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)


The casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., followed by family members, is carried out of Washington National Cathedral in Washington , Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, following a memorial service.(Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)


The casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is carried out of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, after a memorial service, as Cindy McCain is escorted by her son Jimmy McCain and other family members. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)


The casket is led out following the funeral service for U.S. Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral on Sept. 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Former President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. McCain died Aug. 25, from brain cancer at age 81. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)


Former President George W. Bush speaks at a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. McCain died Aug. 25, from brain cancer at age 81. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)


Daughter Meghan McCain speaks at the memorial service of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at National Cathedral in Washington, Sept. 1, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)


The casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is blessed at the end of a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. McCain died Aug. 25, from brain cancer at age 81. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)


Meghan McCain and Cindy McCain arrive for the memorial service of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at National Cathedral in Washington, Sept. 1, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)


From front row left, former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne and former Vice President Al Gore watch as the casket arrives for a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington Nationals Cathedral in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)


Annette Bening, left, and her husband Warren Beatty, right, arrive to attend a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. McCain died Aug. 25 from brain cancer at age 81. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)


The casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, for a memorial service. McCain died Aug. 25 from brain cancer at age 81. ( Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)


Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, second from left, lays a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, during a funeral procession to carry the casket of her husband from the U.S. Capitol to National Cathedral for a Memorial Service. McCain served as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War and was a prisoner of war for more than five years. (Photo: Andrew Harnik, Pool/AP)


Joint service members of a military casket team carry the casket of Sen. John McCain from the U.S. Capitol to a motorcade that will ferry him to a funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington, Sept. 1 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via Reueters)


The family of US Senator John McCain watches as a Military Honor Guard carries his casket from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on Sept. 1, 2018. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/ AFP/Getty Images)


The casket of Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., is carried down the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 01, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Marvin Joseph/Pool Via Reuters)


Mourners file past the casket of Senator John McCain, who lies in state in the Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: /Mary F. Calvert/Reuters)


WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 31: The late Sen. John McCain lies in state in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol on August 31, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


The POW/MIA Chair of Honor is displayed in the Capitol Visitors Center as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lies in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)


People wait in line to pay respects to the late Sen. John McCain at the United States Capitol on Aug. 31, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


The late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Morry Gash/Pool via AP)


Cindy McCain pauses at the casket of her husband Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a ceremony as McCain lies in state at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)


Former Sen. Joe Lieberman and his wife Hadassa kneel at the casket of late Sen. John McCain during ceremonies honoring McCain inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)


Sen. Lindsey Graham pays his respects during ceremonies honoring the late Sen. John McCain at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)


Vice President Mike Pence speaks as former Senator John McCain lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, DC on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. McCain, an Arizona Republican, presidential candidate and war hero died August 25th at the age of 81. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch – Pool/Getty Images)


Cindy McCain, wife of late U.S. Senator John McCain, listens with her son John and Vice President Mike Pence as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) speaks during ceremonies honoring Senator McCain inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)


United States Senator Mitch Mcconnell speaks on the first day the casket of former Senator John McCain in the Capitol Rotunda will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Reuters)


Roberta McCain (R), mother of late Sen. John McCain and his daughter Meghan McCain look on as his body lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters)


Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stand at the casket of late Sen. John McCain as McCain lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)


The casket of Sen. John McCain lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters)


An Honor Guard places the casket containing the body of late Sen. John McCain to lie in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters)


The casket of U.S. Senator John McCain is carried up the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: John McDonnell/Pool via Reuters)