WASHINGTON (News4Utah) Politicians and the public honored the life of Arizona Senator John McCain. McCain lost his battle with brain cancer last Saturday.
Friday, the war hero laid in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
During an emotional ceremony, family, friends, political colleagues and the public said goodbye to Senator John McCain.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke on behalf of a grateful nation.
“John McCain served his country and John McCain served his country honorably,” said Pence.
Before he was elected to Congress, the third-generation Naval officer spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Mourners praised his service in uniform and on Capitol Hill.
“John McCain stood up for every value that this Capitol building represents,” said Senator Mitch McConnell.
On Friday the Arizona Senator’s flag-draped coffin rested in the Capitol rotunda…a rare honor bestowed on our nation’s most distinguished citizens.
Members of Congress say this is just one way to pay tribute to McCain’s commitment to public service.
Mourners encouraged future generations to follow his lead.
“The chance to do for this man what he did for us to stand up and embrace the cause of his life,” said Paul Ryan.
Senator McCain was also known as a politician who wasn’t afraid to cross party lines. In his honor, a bi-partisan wreath-laying took place, part of a final farewell to an American hero.