Heart-Wrenching Photos From Inside John McCain's Private Memorial Service in Arizona

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He died Saturday of an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The Latest on services for Sen. John McCain at a public viewing.

Kassandra Morales, 44, stood in line with her sons, 8 and 2. The single mom and Democrat brought a bouquet of flowers and said she had always looked up to McCain.

He said Senator Russell's work to keep racial segregation was the only significant flaw in what he called an otherwise honorable body of work. "So, I was really taken aback by it".

McCain was a visible supporter of each of Arizona's sports teams.

"Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain", Schumer said, "but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him". Trump also recently declined to mention McCain's name at a signing ceremony for a defense bill named after him. But under pressure from military veterans and members of Congress, Trump finally issued a statement on Monday saying he respected McCain's service to the country and had ordered flags to half-staff. I work in the Natural Resources building and I can see over to the Capitol and next door to the Water Resources building and the Energy Commission.

Memorials and services are happening throughout the week to honor the 81-year-old. Wednesday would have been his 82nd birthday. The Cardinals wideout said he was asked by McCain's wife, Cindy, a couple of months ago to speak at the service.

The speakers' list is made up of heavy-hitters in state politics, including former Sen. Jon Kyl who both gave heartfelt remarks.

He recalled the difficulty in getting McCain to unwind after a busy work week: "We always had arguments with him about doing Sunday shows from his attractive place in Sedona". McCain was greeted by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and First Lady Angela Ducey.

"When all of us here traveled and told people we were from Arizona, people knew two big things about it", Ducey said, "John McCain and the Grand Canyon".

McCain will have a national memorial service at Washington's National Cathedral on Saturday. While Senate hopefuls are already vying for the opportunity to try to fill the big shoes he left behind, John McCain can't be overshadowed yet - even with midterm elections looming.

McCain in turn criticized Trump's policies, including matters of national security, healthcare, and immigration.

A motorcade with Sen.

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The hearse carrying Sen.

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. USA and Arizona flags encircled the room.

Honor guard member Valentine Costalez praised McCain for championing the military during his Senate career.

Later in the afternoon, the Capitol will be opened to the public to pay their respects.

He will lie in state Wednesday for a private formal ceremony and a public viewing.

Judith Hatch, a veteran from Phoenix, started the day by handing out flags to those who were assembled.

The air around the Arizona State Capitol was heavy as McCain's body moved from the A.L. Moore Grimshaw-Mortuary Wednesday morning.

"We'll need someone who is going to step up to the plate", Hatch said.

Meghan McCain, daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, cries over the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Arizona Republicans on Tuesday picked a candidate to succeed retiring Senator Jeff Flake, another vocal Trump critic.

"It's this moment, more than any other, that can't help but stir a spirit of patriotism deep inside every American", Ducey said.

As for how the McCain family is holding up, Rick Davis, his former campaign manager said "It's nearly as if the Senator prepared them for this moment".

For some Arizona residents, McCain has been a political fixture in the state for their entire lives.

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