Three former presidents, members of Congress, current and former world leaders as well as family and friends gathered on September 1 for a memorial service for John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral.
His daughter, Meghan McCain opened the ceremony with a tearful and impassioned tribute.
McCain said her father was a “great man” and she encouraged others to live up to his example.
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness — the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served,” she said.
Hero To Political Icon
Among those in the front row at the cathedral were Barack and Michelle Obama, George and Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Dick Cheney and Al Gore.
Obama, a Democrat, and Bush, a Republican, were among those to speak about the six-term senator during the service.
It is the last public event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked for over four decades, and part of McCain’s five-day, cross-country funeral procession. He died August 25 aged 81.