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Carrasco and a friend had hoped to honor McCain's family by waving a set of three flags, including an American flag, a U.S. Navy flag and a POW-themed flag, outside the funeral home, according to The Washington Post.

The two-time Republican presidential candidate, naval aviator and prisoner-of-war in Vietnam died on Saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer. John McCain during a viewing at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix.

McCain was a stalwart ally of Israel.

At the emotional private ceremony in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey remembered McCain as an internationally known figure and "Arizona's favourite adopted son" on what would have been his 82nd birthday.

McCain, who died on Saturday, is expected to taken by military transport to an air base outside Washington - just as Trump is holding a rally in IN on Thursday.

McCain will be buried Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in a private funeral service.

As a veteran of the Marine Corps, Fellars said he was most impressed with McCain's advocacy on behalf of people who serve in the military.

Sen. Jeff Flake offered the benediction at the service.

Critics have attacked Graham for his close relationship with Trump, but Graham said he disagrees with those who say the only way to honor McCain is to fight the president.

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The others are Egypt's President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in April 2017 and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari in April this year. Kenya is the third highest recipient of US security aid in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Security Assistance Monitor.

The Arizona Capitol viewing was also open to the public Wednesday afternoon for those who want to pay their respects.

The president should know a withdrawal from the nearly 17-year-old war would "blow up" in his face, said Graham, who spoke to reporters about McCain following an emotional floor speech on the Arizona Republican's death.

Graham said he regretted the dislike between McCain and Trump, but added "Country First", which was McCain's 2008 presidential slogan, means it is his job to help the White House where he can. "He was a wonderful mentor to me", said Fitzgerald.

Ducey said John McCain was about more than politics, he "brought us above politics".

"But along the way, he did it with humor and humanity", Ducey said.

We took Barry's question to the Governor's office and were told the President's proclamation is a federal proclamation and only applies to federal buildings.

"Imagining Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon".

Cindy McCain laid her head on her husband's casket as the family along with McCain's friends and his fellow Arizona dignitaries said their goodbyes to the senator's flag-draped casket.

The main speech in tribute to McCain was to be delivered by Biden, a friend and former six-term Democratic senator from DE who was elected vice president as the running mate of McCain's rival for the White House, Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential race.