Larry Fitzgerald Speaks at John McCain's Memorial Service

Saul Bowman
September 2, 2018

A public service is set to take place Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix.

Biden said at the ceremony Thursday that when they became friends, they didn't talk about those two things that had shaped each other's lives. 29 at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, with family and friends paying their respects to the late politician. Both men bested McCain in separate presidential bids.

Joe Biden walked up to the microphone on the altar in the church at his friend John McCain's funeral and sounded like a man with something to confess.

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. We're like two brothers who were somehow raised by different fathers because of our points of view.

"And i hope that what he stood for will maybe get a renewed look in our country".

Biden, though, said that politics wasn't what was most important to McCain, but rather the underlying values.

"If John McCain fell in love with Arizona, Arizona fell in love with John McCain". Pins from McCain's presidential runs were still tacked to her shirt. I run out of bounds. Taking aim at Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again", she said McCain's America was always great. He said it was the ideal example of what made him an iconic figure of politics and to the fellow man. He didn't judge individuals based on the color of their skin, their gender, their backgrounds, their political affiliations or their bank accounts.

The flag-draped casket of Sen.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and former Vice President Joe Biden honored Sen.

A native of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Roberta Wright was almost 21 and a college student in southern California when she eloped to Tijuana, Mexico, in January 1933 with a young sailor named John S. McCain Jr.

Someone left a stuffed animal clinging to a nearby lamppost holding a sign reading "we will miss you". McCain's wife, Cindy, is placing a wreath at the memorial in honor of all who died in the Vietnam War. McCain was an avid sports fan and became friends with numerous athletes in the area.

On Wednesday, a private service was held at the Capitol for family and friends.


With her husband away on Navy business most of the time, Roberta McCain raised the kids.

Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church Thursday.

"I pray you take some comfort knowing that because you shared John with all of us your whole life, the world now shares with you the ache of John's death", Biden said.

Biden also served as one of McCain's pallbearers, carrying his casket into the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

"It takes so much from those we love and from the families who love them that in order to survive we have to remember how they lived, not how they died", Biden said.

Meghan McCain will speak at this service, and son Jimmy McCain will read a poem.

Grant Woods, McCain's former chief of staff, delivered what sounded like a veiled shot at Trump, noting that McCain "wouldn't stand by" when people tried to stamp on the Bill of Rights, "including the First Amendment".

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. "I didn't suffer" as he did, Endress said.

In his last hours, McCain turned down further medical treatment.

Sen. John McCain's body has arrived to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, beginning three days of Washington area memorials that will trace McCain's long career in reverse - from the halls of the Senate to the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

He pointedly did not invite President Trump, who had repeatedly mocked and belittled the respected GOP senator, first saying he wasn't a war hero because he was captured and later attacking him for not voting to repeal Obamacare.

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