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President Trump, whose public criticism of McCain is well documented, is not expected to attend the ceremony.

McCain "served his country honorably", Pence said, adding that President Donald Trump "respected his service to the country".

"Half a world away, wearing our nation's uniform, John McCain stood up for every value that this Capitol Building represents", McConnell said, referring to McCain's service as a Navy pilot, and his years as a POW. I have tried to serve our country honorably.

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen.

Senator John McCain paid a last visit to the Capitol on Friday before services Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral.

The number of visitors dwindled from 30, to a handful, with the U.S. Capitol Police Honor Guard preparing to keep vigil over the casket.

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A memorial service was held on Thursday at the North Phoenix Baptist Church, where former Vice President Joes Biden and others gave tributes to Mr McCain.

On Saturday, the McCain family will escort the late senator along Pennsylvania Avenue to the Vietnam War Memorial, where they will place a wreath in his honour. It is the last event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked over four decades, and part of McCain's five-day, cross-country funeral procession.

After his death, Bush called McCain "a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order".

Lying in state in the US Capitol since Friday morning, McCain was commemorated by politicians of all stripes and mourners who filed past his flag-draped coffin into the night.

The Trump-McCain feud dated back to at least 2015, not long after Mr Trump kicked off his presidential campaign.

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McCain, who died last Saturday at age 81 after fighting brain cancer, was one of the leading USA political figures in the last few decades after being a prisoner of war in Vietnam and serving as a senator from Arizona for more than 30 years. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will read from the gospels.

Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are expected to speak at a ceremony for McCain in Washington on Saturday, but President Trump was not invited to participate. Only one of them has left us: Ronald Reagan, born in 1911, who announced his withdrawal from public life in 1994, a quarter century ago.

The silver-haired Roberta McCain - whose presence was only confirmed on the eve of the ceremony - appeared composed as she drew near her son's casket in a wheelchair, making the sign of the cross on her chest.

This summer, with McCain too ill to travel to Washington, Congress hurried to pass the "John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act" that will carry out a huge military buildup by allowing $716 billion to be spent in the coming year alone.

In recent days, McCain has been eulogized and remembered by Republicans and Democrats alike, celebrated for his ability to reach across the aisle and at times buck his own party, as he did in the summer of 2017 when a simple thumbs down stopped Republicans from moving forward with a plan that would have advanced a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The former aviator who was a prisoner of war for more than five years will be buried Sunday at his college alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in nearby Annapolis, Maryland.

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