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U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is awarded the 2017 Liberty Medal by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 16, 2017.

In his speech before the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recalled how a "scrappy pilot" who barely graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy became a decorated war hero and one of Washington's most respected leaders.

The list of participants in the proceedings reflected the crossroads at which the Arizona Republican Party finds itself in the wake of McCain's death and at a time when the conservative base is lurching rightward.

McCain will have a national memorial service at Washington's National Cathedral on Saturday.

Those in Arizona who knew, respected, watched and loved Sen.

McCain's casket will be at the center of the memorial service Wednesday, which would have been his 82nd birthday, with chairs set up on all sides and a lectern between the US and Arizonan flags.

Arizonans began lining the streets and mourners gathered at a Baptist church Thursday for a second day of memorial services for Sen.

McCain's children then filed past the casket, including The View co-host Meghan McCain, who broke down and wept.

A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass when the 11-vehicle motorcade with a 17-motorcycle police escort passed underneath on Interstate 17.

Other military members in uniform congregated on the Capitol plaza.

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On Wednesday, several thousand admirers stood in line for hours in the blazing Arizona sun and triple-digit heat to pay final respects to McCain, eventually filing past his flag-draped coffin as it lay in state in the Arizona Capital rotunda.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that President Donald Trump called him after he delivered an emotional farewell to Sen.

"He dedicated his life to serve his country", former Arizona senator Jon Kyl said during a ceremony in the capitol rotunda in Phoenix attended by McCain's wife, Cindy, and children.

The White House initially lowered its USA flag to half-staff on Saturday, raised it back up, and on Monday lowered it again in an unusual break with protocol.

From there, a C-32 military aircraft will take McCain to the East Coast for another public viewing at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

After lying in state at Arizona State Capitol and a public procession, the late Senator will be transported to the United States Capitol building, where he will also lie in state. McCain suffered from a rare form of brain cancer and had announced through a statement two days prior that he wouldn't be continuing treatment for the disease.

Cindy McCain reportedly does not see herself as a political person, and uses her time to run family businesses.

Sen. Jeff Flake gave a benediction at the ceremony.

"I grew up where a handshake was a contract and your word was your bond", Riordan said.

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