Ceremony to honor late Sen. John McCain at US Capitol

Kelli Ward speaks at a campaign rally Oct. 17 2017 in Scottsdale Ariz

People gather along the street after the memorial service for the late US Senator John McCain at the North Phoenix Baptist Church, August 30, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona as his casket is transported to a plane en route to Washington, DC.

On Friday, McCain will become only the 31st person to lie in state in the US Capitol, a rare honor reserved for government officials and military officers.

A couple of days after her father passed, Meghan McCain shared a powerful letter.

Biden, who lost not only his son, but also his first wife and daughter, extended hope to McCain's family and their feelings of grief.

McCain's casket arrived at the Capitol Friday as his family watched from the steps.

In addition to the backlash over the flag, which Trump ultimately ordered returned to half-staff until McCain is interred this weekend ― the president faced criticism for issuing only a brief condolence tweet hours after McCain's death.

Trump repeated those remarks during his 2016 campaign.

The former aviator who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and returned home to launch a respected political career that saw him win the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, will be buried Sunday at the US Naval Academy in nearby Annapolis, Maryland. On Saturday, a memorial service will be held at the National Cathedral, where former Presidents Bush, a Republican, and Barack Obama, a Democrat, will speak.

None of the speakers at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday uttered Trump's name.

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McCain clashed openly with Trump, who mocked McCain for getting captured during the Vietnam War.

He talked about Mr McCain's character and how he parted company with those who "lacked the basic values of decency and respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself".

The church's senior pastor Noe Garcia pronounced Mr McCain "a true American hero". "We had a hell of a lot of family fights", Biden said to laughter from the 3,500 or so mourners packing the auditorium.

Much of the proceedings were lighthearted, noting McCain's penchant for battle.

He told McCain's family he understood that there was nothing anyone could do to ease their pain.

Mr McCain's longtime chief of staff, Grant Woods spoke about the senator's "terribly bad driving" and his sense of humour - which drew a chuckle.

"I think it's because they knew John believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of America".

On Friday just before 11:00 am (1500 GMT), his coffin will be escorted into the Rotunda and placed on a wooden platform known as a catafalque, first used in 1865 to bear the casket of assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.

In a week of solemn events marking McCain's passing, Trump has been and will be absent, a reflection of the animosity between the two men that lingered even after the Arizona senator's death on Saturday from brain cancer.

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