Watch Live: John McCain Honored In Ceremony At U.S. Capitol | NBC NEWS

Watch Live: John McCain Honored In Ceremony At U.S. Capitol | NBC NEWS


AS WELL AS WELL AS JOHN McCAIN’S MOTHER 160-YEAR-OLD ROBERTA McCAIN WILL BE HERE AS WELL. WE’RE EXPECTING TO HEAR IN JUST A WHILE FROM THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND THE VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE KELLY O’DONNELL IS IN THE RUSSELL ROTUNDA. AND THERE’S BEEN TALKING OF RENAMING ONE OF THE BUILDINGS AFTER JOHN McCAIN. SENATOR JOHN McCAIN’S OFFICE WAS IN THE BUILDING ONE FLOOR BELOW WHERE WE OFTEN DO OUR WIDE REPORTS FROM IT’S A PLACE WHERE HE WAS REGULAR IN THE HALLWAYS. LET’S PAUSE AND WATCH THIS MOMENT AS A MILITARY HONOR GUARD, SOMETHING SENATOR JOHN McCAIN HAS BEEN HONORED WITH AND WOULD HAVE BEEN SO PROUD TO HAVE AT THIS MOMENT RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL.>>>WE’VE BEEN WATCHING AS THE CASKET OF JOHN McCAIN, FORMER SENATOR FROM ARIZONA, WAS ESCORTED INTO THE SENATE SIDE OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING BY HIS FAMILY. YOU NOTICE IN DRESS WHITES HIS SON JACK McCAIN WHO FOLLOWED HIS FATHER INTO THE NAVAL ACADEMY. I WANT TO BRING KELLY O’DONNELL BACK IN AS WE LOOK AT THE CROWD THAT HAS GATHERED HERE. NOTABLES, SENATORS, ALL KINDS OF ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS INSIDE THE CAPITAL ROTUNDA. IT WILL BE A CEREMONY INVOLVING ALL OF THESE NOTABLE PEOPLE BUT ALSO IT WILL BE A DAY WHERE THE PUBLIC CAN PAY THEIR RESPECTEDS.>>THAT’S WHAT MAKES THIS SORT OF THE INTERSECTION OF POLITICAL LIFE, THE ELECTED OFFICIALS FOR. THIS IS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN FILE PAST AND PAY THEIR RESPECTS. WE EXPECT MANY WILL DO SO. IT’S ONE OF THE RITUAL OF SAYING GOOD-BYE TO PEOPLE OF NOTE IN THE COUNTRY. THE 31st AMERICAN TO BE GIVEN THIS SPECIAL HONOR OF LYING IN STATE. THERE HAVE BEEN OTHERS WHO HAVE LAIN IN HONOR OR REPOSE BUT LYING IN STATE IS THE HIGHEST DESIGNATION FOR A PERSON TO BE REPUBLICAN THIS IS WAY. OFTEN RESERVED FOR PRESIDENTS AND FOR JOHN McCAIN, AN OFFICE HE SOUGHT TWICE AND DIDN’T REACH BUT FOR MANY WAYS THE REMEMBRANCE WOULD BE ON PAR WITH THE WAY WE SAY FAREWELL TO PRESIDENTS. IT WAS NOTABLE, THE SOUND OF RAIN AS THE CASKET WAS COMING INTO THE U.S. CAPITOL. WE DON’T GET A CHANCE TO PAUSE AND EXPERIENCE A MOMENT LIKE THAT. IF YOU COULD HEAR THE THUMPING, THAT WAS THE RAIN THAT HAS OPENED UP IN WASHINGTON AS JOHN McCAIN IS BEING REMEMBERED. YOU TALKED ABOUT SON JACK, A HELICOPTER PILOT, ELDEST SON DOUG WAS A NAVY PILOT, HE HAS ANOTHER SON THAT IS A MARINE. SO MILITARY SERVICE IS SOMETHING JOHN McCAIN INHERITED AND PASSED ON TO HIS SONS AS WELL. FOR THE FAMILY, THIS HAS BEEN A LONG, CHALLENGING PROCESS BECAUSE THE ILLNESS ITSELF WAS LONG ABOUT DIFFICULT AND IT WAS SOMETHING MANY TIMES BEING IN TOUCH WITH CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY THEY THOUGHT IF THERE WAS ANYONE WHO COULD BEAT IT, IT WOULD BE JOHN McCAIN AND THIS SPRING IS WHEN HE TOOK A TURN AND IT BECAME CLEARER THAT HE WOULD NOT SURVIVE AND IT WOULD ONLY BE A MATTER OF MONTHS AND THAT’S WHEN HE STARTED REACHING OUT PERSONALLY TO ASK PEOPLE TO DELIVER EULOGIES. WE HAVE SEEN IN VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN IN PHOENIX AND SATURDAY FROM FORMER PRESIDENT’S BARACK OBAMA AND GEORGE W. BUSH AND OTHERS WHO WILL PARTICIPATE, INCLUDING FAMILY MEMBERS. >>I WANT TO GO BACK TO KASIE HUNT WHO IS STANDING OUTSIDE AND WATCHED THE PROCESSION GO IN, KASIE, AS WE LOOK AT THE ROTUNDA, THIS IS THE MIDDLE OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING. ABOVE THE SHOT IS THE ACTUAL CAPITOL ROTUNDA, THAT BEAUTIFUL SITE. THIS IS A PLACE THAT HAS A HISTORY AND THE OBJECT YOU SEE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM WHERE THE CASKET WILL SIT WAS USED FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN. IT’S A HISTORY AND THERE’S A SENSE OF BIPARTISANSHIP ON THIS DAY. THERE’S NANCY PELOSI, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, THIS IS NOT A REPUBLICAN AFFAIR, THIS IS A BIPARTISAN AFFAIR. >>KATE, THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. JOHN McCAIN WAS SOMEBODY WHO RELISHED WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE. HE OPERATED IN A MOLD THAT IS LESS AND LESS COMMON THESE DAYS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THE SENATE HAS BEEN GRACED WITH — THEY’VE TEND TO CALL THEM LIONS IN THE PARLANCE OF THE CHAMBER, PEOPLE WHO WERE WILLING TO SHOW COURAGE. YOU MENTIONED TED KENNEDY. HE WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE IN THE SENATE AND A FRIEND OF SENATOR McCAIN AND SENATOR McCAIN EULOGIZED SENATOR KENNEDY WHEN HE PASSED AWAY FROM THE SAME DISEASE, NINE YEARS TO THE DAY THAT JOHN McCAIN SUCCUMBS TO THIS TERRIBLE BRAIN CANCER THAT ALSO TOOK JOE BIDEN’S SON BEAU, A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE DISEASE BUT AT THE TIME JOHN McCAIN SAID IN THE EULOGY THAT AFTER LABOR DAY, AFTER THE REMEMBRANCES WERE OVER HE WOULD GO BACK TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE BUT THAT WITHOUT KENNEDY IT WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AND THAT’S THE SENTIMENT WE HAVE HEARD TIME AND TIME AGAIN ABOUT McCAIN HIMSELF NOW AS THE COUNTRY GRIEVES AND MOURNS HIM. THERE ARE FEWER SENATORS WHO — FRANKLY HE HAD A STATURE THAT PUT HIM ON THE SAME PLANE WITH MANY FOREIGN LEADERS. YOU MIGHT REMEMBER AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED JOHN McCAIN TRAVELED ABROAD TO MANY OF AMERICA’S ALLIES WITH A MESSAGE OF REASSURANCE AND HE WAS ONE OF THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT REALLY HAD THE STATURE TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, KATE. >>AS WE WATCH THE VICE PRESIDENT ENTERING ALONG WITH PAUL RYAN, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. MITCH McCONNELL, THE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER, ALL THREE WITH SPEAK. WHILE WE HAVE A MOMENT, I WANT TO GO TO MIKE MURPHY, VETERAN GOP STRATEGIST, A LONG TIME FRIEND AND ADVISER TO SENATOR McCAIN, INCLUDING DURING HIS FIRST PRESIDENTIAL RUN, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. YOUR THOUGHTS AS WE PREPARE TO WATCH THIS CEREMONY?>>IT JUST REMINDS ME HOW MUCH JOHN WAS A SENATE INSTITUTIONALIST AND WHAT WAS REMARKABLE ABOUT HIM IS HIS GIFT FOR CREATING FRIENDS BUT HE WOULD SWAP THOSE WHEN MOST OF THEM, THEY HIDE THEM LIKE AN ALICE IT IS AFFAIR, ALMOST LIKE A SHAMEFUL THING. FOR McCAIN IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT YOU COULD WORK ACROSS PARTY DOGMA A DIVIDES IN ORDER TO GET SOMETHING DONE FOR THE COUNTRY. McCAIN HAD BEEN THE NAVY’S LOBBYIST IN THE SENATE NEAR THE END OF HIS NAVAL CAREER AND THE NAVY DIDN’T HAVE A PARTICIPANT FIGHT, IT WAS ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ALL SENATORS TRYING TO SERVE THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND McCAIN NEVER LET GO OF THAT. HE BELIEVED IN THE SENATE. AND HE WANTED SENATORS TO COMMUNICATE AND HAVE RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS THE PARTY DIVIDE. THAT WAS ONE OF HIS PURPOSES. >>AND, MIKE, EVEN IN HIS FAREWELL STATEMENT THAT WAS PUT OUT POSTHUMOUSLY, HE TALKED ABOUT BRINGING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER. >>YEAH, HE UNDERSTOOD HAVING SERVED HIS ENTIRE LIFE THE GREATER CAUSE OF THE COUNTRY THE DANGERS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD WHEN WE HAVE A DISUNIFIED COUNTRY. SO HE WANTED POLITICS AND THE WAY GOVERNMENT WORKED TO BE SOMETHING BIGGER AND BETTER THAN THAT. HE WAS A COMMITTED CONSERVATIVE. HE DISAGREED A LOT BUT HE KNEW THAT UNITED WAS STRONGER AND HE DIDN’T LIKE THE DIVISION IN OUR POLITICS AND HE THINKS PART OF THE WAY HE PLANNED HIS SERVICE IS TO SEND THAT MESSAGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. >>LET’S TAKE A PAUSE AND JUST LISTEN.>>LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS, ALMIGHTY GOD, FOR THE APPEARANCE AMONG US OF GREAT MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE AS INSPIRATIONS FOR ALL AMERICANS TO BE THEIR BEST IN SERVICE TO GOD, COUNTRY, AND NEIGHBOR. THIS DAY, WE HONOR A TRUE AMERICAN HERO, SENATOR JOHN McCAIN. HE DEDICATED HIS ENTIRE LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE AS A VOCATION, FIRST IN THE MILITARY AND THEN IN ELECTED OFFICE. HE PLACED HIMSELF DIRECTLY IN HARM’S WAY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR AND HIS GREAT SACRIFICE OF PERSONAL FREEDOM IS WELL KNOWN. AS A SENATOR, HE SERVED WITH HONESTY AND INTEGRITY, WORKING BOTH WITH THOSE WITH WHOM HE AGREED AND MANY WITH WHOM HE DID NOT. HIS WILLINGNESS TO SPEAK THE TRUTH AS HE UNDERSTOOD IT, EVEN WHEN IT WAS NOT POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT TO DO SO PROVED TO BE A RARE PHENOMENON. FOR THAT REASON. IT WAS ALL THE MORE PRECIOUS. AS WE CONTINUE THIS CELEBRATION OF HONOR GRANT THAT ALL WHO ATTEND THESE PROCEEDINGS MIGHT TRANSCEND SMALLNESS AND LIMITATION AND EMERGE AS PEOPLE DESIROUS OF BEING OUR BEST “SELF”S IN SERVICE TO ALL OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AS YOU MIGHT CALL EACH OF US TO BE. DEAR LORD, THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING SUCH GREATNESS IN SENATOR JOHN McCAIN AND CONTINUE TO BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AMEN.>>MR. VICE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER, COLLEAGUES, DISTINGUISH GUESTS, AND THE McCAIN FAMILY. IT’S AN HONOR TO WELCOME YOU THIS MORNING. WE GATHER TO RECOGNIZE A GREAT LOSS AND CELEBRATE A GREAT LIFE. WE CELEBRATE SIX DECADES OF DEVOTION TO THE AMERICAN IDEA AND THE CAUSE OF HUMAN FREEDOM. GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO MARVEL AT THE MAN WHO LIES BEFORE US. THE COCKY, HANDSOME NAVAL AVIATOR WHO BARELY SCRAPED THROUGH SCHOOL AND THEN FOUGHT FOR FREEDOM IN THE SKIES. WHO WITNESSED VALUES EVEN THROUGH TERRIBLE TORTURE AND WHO BECAME A GENERATIONAL LEADER IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE WHERE OUR NATION AIRS ITS GREAT DEBATES. NOW, AIRING OUR GREAT DEBATES IS A GENTLE WAY TO DESCRIBE HOW JOHN APPROACHED THE WORK OF A SENATOR. I’VE LONG JOKED THAT HIS GUARDS AT THE HANOI HILTON PROBABLY NEEDED GROUP THERAPY AFTER JOHN WAS FINISHED WITH HIM. LET’S JUST SAY THERE WERE TIMES WHEN SOME OF HIS SENATE COLLEAGUES WERE TEMPTED TO FORM A SUPPORT GROUP OF OUR OWN. HE TREATED EVERY ISSUE WITH THE INTENSITY TO PEOPLE’S BUSINESS THAT IT DESERVED. HE WOULD FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL FOR HIS VISION OF THE COMMON GOOD, DEPENDING ON THE ISSUE, YOU KNEW JOHN WOULD EITHER BE YOUR STAUNCHEST ALLY OR YOUR MOST STUBBORN OPPONENT. AT ANY MOMENT HE MIGHT BE PREPARING AN ELOQUENT REFLECTION ON HUMAN LIBERTY OR A DEVASTATING JOKE SERVED UP WITH HIS SIGNATURE CACKLE AND THAT JOHN McCAIN GLINT IN HIS EYE. HE HAD AMERICA’S FIGHTING SPIRIT, OUR NOBLE IDEALISM, OUR SOLEMN PATRIOTISM, AND OUR SLIGHTLY IRREVERENT STREAK ALL ROLLED INTO ONE.3 C3 Y SUS CICATRICES NOS RECORDABAN JOHN McCAIN STOOD UP FOR EVERY VALUE THAT CAPITAL. HE FELT THE SAME PATRIOTISM INSIDE ITS WALLS. IT’S ONLY RIGHT THAT TODAY NEAR THE END OF HIS LONG JOURNEY, JOHN LIES HERE. IN THIS GREAT WALL, UNDER THIS MIGHTY DOME, LIKE OTHER AMERICAN HEROES BEFORE HIM. HERE, AS A RESTLESS WAVE APPROACHES THE SHORES OF ETERNITY. WE THANK GOD FOR GIVING THIS COUNTRY JOHN McCAIN.>>>ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION, AND ON BEHALF OF CONGRESS, I WANT TO BEGIN BY GIVING THANKS TO THE McCAIN FAMILY. FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. WE SHARE YOUR ANGUISH IN LOSING THIS GREAT MAN. RARELY DOES THIS GLORIOUS ROTUNDA FALL SILENT AT THIS HOUR. ON A DAY LIKE THIS, JOHN WOULD USUALLY BE BOUNDING THIS WAY OR THAT WAY RIGHT THROUGH HERE, VISITORS TURNING TO EACH OTHER, ASKING, IS THAT WHO THEY THINK IT IS? BUT IN THIS QUIET HOUR, WE ARE LEFT TO PONDER HOW HIS LIFE SPEAKS TO US. JOHN McCAIN DESERVES TO BE REMEMBERED AS HE WISHED TO BE REMEMBERED. A PATRIOT WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY. A MAN OF THE SENATE BUT ALSO A MAN OF THE HOUSE. A NAVY MAN. A FAMILY MAN. A MAN WHO MADE AN ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS PEOPLE. A MAN OF CONVICTION. A MAN OF STATE. THERE’S A LINE FROM HIS FAREWELL STATEMENT THAT REALLY JUST GRABBED ME. OUR IDENTITIES AND SENSE OF WORTH ARE NOT CIRCUMSCRIBED BUT LARGER THAN OUR CAUSES THEMSELVES. THAT’S JOHN McCAIN. HOW FITTING AND HOW TRUE. WHAT STANDS OUT ABOUT JOHN McCAIN IS WHAT HE STOOD FOR. THE RICH BLESSINGS THAT ONLY FREEDOM CAN BESTOW. THE SENSE OF PURPOSE THAT A BATTLE JOINED CAN BRING. THE COMMON HUMANITY THAT BURNS IN EACH OF OUR HEARTS. HEMINGWAY ONCE WROTE, THE WORLD BREAKS EVERYONE, AFTERWARD, MANY ARE STRONG AT THE BROKEN PLACES. NO ONE — NO ONE WAS STRONGER AT THE BROKEN PLACES THAN JOHN McCAIN. THE BROKENNESS — HE NEVER LOST THE JOY THAT TIME CAN DULL OR THE EDGE THAT POLITICAL LIFE SO OFTEN SANDS AWAY. I MYSELF FROM TIME TO TIME, FIND MYSELF ON THE RECEIVING END OF JOHN’S DISTINCT BRAND OF CANDOR. HAPPILY SO. I REMEMBER THINKING MORE THAN ONCE, YEAH, HE REALLY DOES TALK LIKE A SAILOR. BUT YOU SEE WITH JOHN IT WAS NEVER DISAGREEMENTS, THE MAN DIDN’T FEIGN ANYTHING. HE JUST RELISHED THE FIGHT. HE SHOWED US IN THE ARENA THE HONEST BACK AND FORTH, THAT’S WHERE THE CAUSE GETS BIGGER. THAT’S WHERE THE TRIUMPH IS ALL THE SWEETER. WE GET STRONGER AT THE BROKEN PLACES. THOUGH, THE HIGHEST OFFICE ELUDED HIM, HE ATTAINED WHAT’S FAR MORE ENDURING. THE ABIDING AFFECTION OF HIS FELLOW CITIZENS. AN EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. SO, I THINK ABOUT NOW, I THINK AHEAD WHEN I LIKE SO MANY WILL BRING MY OWN CHILDREN AND PERHAPS THEIR CHILDREN TO THAT HALLOWED LAWN IN ANNAPOLIS. I THINK ABOUT THAT. I THINK ABOUT WHAT I MIGHT SAY TO THEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE BRAVEST SOULS OUR NATION HAS EVER PRODUCED. HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO DO YOUR PART, I HOPE YOU DO IT THE WAY HE DID IT. WITH ENERGY AND URGENCY. PLAYING FOR KEEPS. NEVER BACK ON YOUR HEELS. NEVER LETTING PRINCIPLE YIELD TO EXPERIENCE. RESISTING THE FALSE ALLURE OF FLEETING. AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS HAVING A REALLY GOOD STORY TO TELL. TODAY, OUR NATION BOWS IN GRIEF. BUT HERE, UNDER IN THE GRAZE OF THE GREATS WERE SOLDIERS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN HAVE LAID BEFORE, WE HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL THING THE CHANCE TO DO FOR THIS MAN WHAT HE DID FOR US. TO STAND UP. TO STAND UP AND TO EMBRACE THE CAUSE OF HIS LIFE. NO ONE OF US CAN FULFILL THIS CHARGE. BUT ALL OF US SURE CAN TRY. BECAUSE ALL OF THIS — ALL OF THIS — IT’S WORTH FIGHTING FOR. GOD BLESS JOHN McCAIN. AND GOD BLESS THE COUNTRY HE SO DEARLY LOVED.>>>LEADER McCONNELL, SPEAKER RYAN, LEADER SCHUMER AND LEADER PELOSI. DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. MEMBERS OF THE CABINET. MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED FORCES AND HONORED GUESTS AND MOST OF ALL, TO THE McCAIN FAMILY. TO CINDY. HIS CHILDREN. AND MRS. ROBERTA McCAIN. IT’S DEEPLY HUMBLING TO STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY AT THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF AN AMERICAN PATRIOT. SENATOR JOHN McCAIN. THE PRESIDENT ASKED ME TO BE HERE. ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION. TO PAY A DEBT OF HONOR AND RESPECT TO A MAN WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. IN UNIFORM AND IN PUBLIC OFFICE. AND IT’S MY GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE. IN THE LONG HISTORY OF OUR NATION ONLY 30 AMERICANS HAVE LAIN IN STATE IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL ROTUNDA. TODAY, AS A REFLECTION OF HIS COLLEAGUES AND OUR COUNTRY HOLD HIM, SENATOR JOHN McCAIN JOINS THOSE RANKS. THE SON AND THE GRANDSON OF FOUR-STAR ADMIRALS. JOHN CAME FROM A FAMILY THAT PRIZED MILITARY SERVICE. HE ENTERED THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY WHEN HE WAS JUST 17 YEARS OLD. HIS SERVICE AS A NAVAL AVIATOR TOOK HIM AROUND WORLD, AND EVENTUALLY TO THE WAR IN VIETNAM. IT WAS THERE ON HIS 23rd BOMBING RUN THAT JOHN WAS SHOT DOWN AND CAPTURED. REFUSING EARLY RELEASE FOR THE SAKE OF HIS COMRADES. HE ENDURED 5 1/2 YEARS OF CONFINEMENT AND TORTURE. THEN AS NOW, AMERICANS MARVELED AT THE IRON WILL OF JOHN McCAIN. BUT CAPTIVITY DID NOT DISMINNISH JOHN’S SENSE OF CALLING OR HIS COMMITMENT TO MISSION. AS HE WOULD LATER SAY, I FELL IN LOVE WITH MY COUNTRY WHEN E WAS A PRISONER IN SOMEONE ELSE’S. AFTER HE MADE IT HOME, JOHN TRADED SERVICE IN THE UNIFORM OF THE UNITED STATES FOR SERVICE IN CONGRESS. EXCHANGING THE RANK OF CAPTAIN FOR CONGRESSMAN. AND LATER SENATOR. FOR 35 YEARS, JOHN SERVED IN THESE VERY HALLS UNDER THIS VERY DOME. AND HE FOUGHT FOR WHAT HE BELIEVED IN. IN MY YEARS IN CONGRESS, AND AS VICE PRESIDENT, WE DID NOT ALWAYS AGREE, EITHER. AND HE ALMOST ALWAYS NOTICED. BUT HIS SUPPORT FOR LIMITED GOVERNMENT, FOR TAX REFORM, AND SUPPORT FOR ALL OUR ARMED FORCES SURELY LEFT OUR NATION MORE PROSPEROUS AND MORE SECURE AND HE WILL BE MISSED. AS PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID YESTERDAY, WE RESPECT HIS SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY. LIKE MANY OF YOU GATHERED HERE, I ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TRAVELING WITH SENATOR JOHN McCAIN TO VISIT OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS. EARLIER THIS WEEK, I TOLD CINDY OF A TIME ON A TRIP THROUGH IRAQ, AFTER ANOTHER 18-HOUR DAY, WHEN I WAS LITERALLY FALLING ASLEEP IN THE MIDDLE OF A DINNER WITH IRAQI OFFICIALS. AFTER THE DINNER, JOHN, WHO WAS MORE THAN 20 YEARS OLDER THAN ME, WALKED UP, PUT HIS HAND ON MY SHOULDER AND SAID, MIKE, WE GOT A FEW MORE MEETINGS TONIGHT. BUT WHY DON’T YOU TURN IN, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU COULD USE SOME REST. THANKS, JOHN. HONESTLY, SEEING HIM DOWN RANGE I NEVER TRAVELED WITH A COLLEAGUE WHO WAS BETTER TO OUR ENLISTED OR HARDER ON OUR GENERALS. JOHN McCAIN LOVED THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN THE UNIFORM OF THE UNITED STATES AND HE WAS A CHAMPION OF OUR ARMED FORCES THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. IN EVERY GENERATION, THERE ARE THOSE WHO PUT COUNTRY FIRST. WHO PRIZE SERVICE AHEAD OF SELF. WHO SUMMON IDEALISM FROM A CYNICAL AGE. JOHN McCAIN WAS SUCH A MAN. TODAY, HE LIES IN THE PLACE WHERE HE SERVED TO THE LAST, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SOON, HE’LL GO TO REST ON THE GROUNDS WHERE HE SERVED FIRST — THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY. THE EYES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE UPON HIM AS HE GOES. AND SO, TOO, WILL THEIR PRAYERS. FOR HIM. AND ESPECIALLY FOR HIS BELOVED FAMILY. GATHERED HERE TODAY. AND WE’LL PRAY THAT THOSE WHO MOURN SHALL BE COMFORTED. SO, WE MOURN WITH THOSE WHO MOURN. AND WE GRIEVE WITH THOSE WHO GRIEVE. JOHN McCAIN LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, HELD FIRM TO THAT HOPE FROM AN OLD HYMN THAT BECAME A TITLE OF A BOOK HE WROTE SOME 20 YEARS AGO, “FAITH OF OUR FATHERS.” THE FULL STANZA OF THAT HYMN READS, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS LIVING STILL, IN SPITE OF DUNGEON, FIRE AND SWORD, OH, HOW OR HEARTS BEAT HIGH WITH JOY WHEN WE HEAR THAT FWLOERS YOU WORD. JOHN McCAIN HELD FIRM TO THAT FAITH. THE FAITH OF HIS FATHERS. . THROUGH DUNGEONS, FIRE AND SWORD. AND HE HELD FAST TO HIS FAITH IN AMERICA. THROUGH SIX DECADES OF SERVICE. WE GATHER HERE TODAY TO HONOR AN AMERICAN PATRIOT. SERVED A CAUSE GREATER THAN HIMSELF. AND WE GATHER HERE, REMEMBERING A MAN WHO KNEW HOW HE WANTED TO BE REMEMBERED. AND SO LET ME SAY, TO ALL THOSE GATHERED AND HIS BELOVED FAMILY, ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION WE WILL EVER REMEMBER THAT JOHN McCAIN SERVED HIS COUNTRY AND JOHN McCAIN SERVED HIS COUNTRY HONORABLY. MAY GOD BLESS THE MEMORY OF JOHN McCAIN. MAY GOD COMFORT HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO PLEASE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.>>>LET US BOW OUR HANDS FOR THE BENEDICTION. ETERNAL LORD GOD WHO HAS MADE OF ONE BLOOD ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH. WE GIVE THANKS FOR THE CONSEQUENTIAL LIFE OF SENATOR JOHN McCAIN. A DRUM MAJOR FOR COURAGE. TRUTH AND JUSTICE. ACCEPT OUR GRATITUDE FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO MAKE DECISIONS BASED UPON PRINCIPLES. FOR HIS PRAGMATIC LEADERSHIP DURING TURBULENT TIMES. AND FOR HIS LIFE OF EXEMPLARY AND HEROIC SERVICE. LORD, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR HIS EFFORTS TO DO WHAT WAS IN THE COUNTRY’S BEST INTEREST. AND FOR PROVIDING INSPIRATION THAT KEPT OUR NATION STRONG. WE PRAISE YOU FOR PERMITTING SENATOR JOHN McCAIN TO REMIND US THAT WE ARE TIED TO A SINGLE GARMENT OF DESTINY. NEEDING ONE ANOTHER TO FULFILL YOUR PURPOSES FOR OUR LIVES. MAY THE LIFE OF THIS AMERICAN PATRIOT INSPIRE US TO SEE YOU MORE CLEARLY. TO LOVE YOU MORE DEARLY. AND TO FOLLOW YOU MORE NEARLY EACH DAY. NOW, UNTO HIM WHO’S ABLE TO KEEP US WITHOUT STUMBLING OR SLIPPING AND TO PRESENT US BEFORE THE PRESENCE OF HIS GLORY WITH UNSPEAKABLE DELIGHT WE ASCRIBE GLORY, MAJESTY AND MIGHT, DOMINION AND POWER, NOW AND ALWAYS. WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF SENATOR JOHN McCAIN’S REDEEMER, JESUS CHRIST. AMEN.>>>AS WE WATCH THE REST OF THE FAMILY PAY RESPECTS TO SENATOR JOHN McCAIN. WE SAW HIS WIFE, CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN ALL FILING PAST. A MOMENT THAT’S SO DEEPLY PERSONAL FOR THIS FAMILY. A MOMENT OF SHARED GRIEF WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY. KELLY O’CONNELL IS WITH ME. HAS COVERED JOHN McCAIN FOR YEARS ON CAPITOL HILL. AND KELLY, YOU’VE BEEN SPEAKING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. HENRY KISSINGER APPROACHES THE CASKET RIGHT NOW. >>LONGTIME FRIEND AND ADVISER OF THE SENATOR. THEY WERE FRIENDS FOR DECADES. WE DID SEE HIS SEVEN CHILDREN, HE HAS FOUR YOUNG ADULT GRANDCHILDREN AND ONE TODDLER WHO’S NOT HERE TODAY. AND THEN THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN LAW OF THE McCAIN FAMILY. HIS BROTHER JOE WHO BEARS A STRIKING RESEMBLANCE AND THEN SEEING ROBERTA McCAIN, 106 YEARS OLD, IS SO TOUCHING. AGAINST THE NORMAL ORDER OF THINGS FOR A PARENT TO BURY A CHILD. THE CHILD WAS NEARLY 82. JOHN McCAIN OFTEN TOLD ME WHEN WE WOULD BE IN SITUATIONS HERE AROUND THE CAPITOL, HE WOULD LAUGH ABOUT HIS LONGEVITY. WE WERE ON A PLANE ONCE. IT WAS A VERY BUMPY RIDE. HE SAID DON’T WORRY, I’VE BEEN IN ENOUGH SCRAPES I’M GOING TO LIVE FOREVER. SADLY IT WAS JUST SHORT OF 82. FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN RECENT DAYS, I HAVE HAD TIME TO SPEAK WITH THEM AND SPEND TIME WITH THEM. WHAT STRUCK ME IS THAT THEY DESCRIBED IN HIS FINAL DAYS HE WAS HAPPY AND A WORD THAT MANY USED, HE WAS CONTENT AND THAT’S THE WAY MOST PEOPLE WOULD WANT THEIR LIVES TO REACH A CONCLUSION. >>WE HEARD FROM VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE. THE HIGHEST RANKING THE AND ONLY MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATION WHO WILL SPEAK AT THESE EVENTS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. . THE BURIAL HAPPENING ON SUNDAY. KASIE HUNT IS OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL. THIS WILL NOW ONCE ALL OF THOSE IN IN THE ROTUNDA HAVE A CHANCE TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS IT WILL THEN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. EXPLAIN TO US WHAT WILL HAPPEN THIS AFTERNOON. >>THAT’S RIGHT, KATE. THE TRADITIONAL WAY WE GO ABOUT THIS PROCESS OF LYING IN STATE AND ONE OF THE GREAT TRADITIONS IS IS THAT IT’S FOR THE PUBLIC, FOR THE AMERICANS THAT SENATOR JOHN McCAIN SERVED FOR SO MANY YEARS. STARTING AT 1:00 EASTERN TIME, THEY’LL OPEN THESE DOORS TO THE PUBLIC. THE DOORS WILL STAY OPEN FOR VIEWING UNTIL 8:00 TONIGHT. UNLESS THERE’S STILL PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE, IF THAT’S THE CASE, THEY’LL ALLOW THEM TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS. SOME REMARKABLE SYMBOLISM OUT HERE ON THE EAST FRONT OF THE CAPITOL. THE SUN IS SHINING ON THE CAPITOL. IT WAS POURING, POURING DOWN RAIN FOR JUST ONLY A FEW MINUTES RIGHT AS THE CASKET WAS CARRIED INSIDE. A REFLECTION OF THE MOURNING AND THE CELEBRATION OF JOHN McCAIN’S LIFE AS WE HAVE SEEN HERE TODAY. KATE. >>KASIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>>OUR THANK AS WELL TO KELLY O’DONNELL AND MUCH MORE ON ALL OF THIS, THE REMEMBRANCE FOR JOHN McCAIN AND TRIBUTES ON ARETHA FRANKLIN ALSO HAPPENING TODAY. THE NEWS TONIGHT ON NBC “NIGHTLY NEWS.” FOR NOW, I’M KATE SNOW. NBC NEWS IN NEW YORK.

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