To pay, Obama, Bush pay tribute to John McCain in the Washington National Cathedral memorial service

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Sen. John McCain funeral service will be held in the Washington National Cathedral

The former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush is a tribute to John McCain at a memorial service in the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, a week after Arizona Republican, died at the age of 81, after a battle with brain cancer.

The memorial service will especially not President Trump, who had repeatedly sparred with McCain in the last few years.

A six-term senator and Vietnam veteran who was held as a prisoner of war for more than five years, McCain has urged bipartisanship on the hill. He ran against Bush for the Republican presidential nomination in the year 2000. He won the nomination in 2008, but was defeated in the presidential election of Obama.


Both Bush and Obama will speak on Saturday, along with former Secretary of state Henry Kissinger, the former of Connecticut, Joe Lieberman, and daughter Meghan McCain sen. McCain is pallbearers include actor Warren Beatty, and Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza, as well as the former Vice-President, Joe Biden, and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

On Saturday morning, his coffin travelled in the Cathedral, after stopping at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain’s wife, Cindy laid a wreath. Minister of defense James Mattis, and White house chief of staff John Kelly.

On Friday, colleagues, family and friends of his achievements in the military-and the Congress recognized, as he lay in state beneath the Capitol rotunda.

Former presidents will be among those paying tribute to John McCain.



With members of McCain’s family in attendance, Vice-President Mike Pence, the Americans, “the amazed said about the iron will of John McCain” and praised him for sticking “to his faith in America, the over six decades of service.”

“Generations of Americans continued to admire, the man who lies before us, the smug, handsome naval aviator who barely scraped through school, and then fought for the freedom in the sky; who is a witness to our highest values, through terrible torture; and he was a generations-leader in the Senate of the United States, where our nation’s airs of his great debates,” Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

Tributes have poured in from both sides of the aisle for the Republican senator and 2008 presidential candidate. On Thursday, the former Vice-President, Joe Biden, McCain remembered as a brother, and said the two were “a’s cockeyed optimists” in a funeral ceremony for McCain in a Church in Phoenix.

Cindy McCain lays a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC

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Biden, a Democrat, said that McCain’s “will inspire legacy continue for generations.”

McCain on Sunday, will be buried at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy, alongside his best friend from the class of 1958, allowed Chuck Larson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.

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