More than 3,000 family, friends, congressional colleagues and staff, and US and global leaders filled the cathedral for the invitation-only event.
Instead of Trump attending McCain's funeral, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner attended the service in the president's stead - drawing even more anger from the crowds, as Ivanka was caught apparently texting during the memorial.
"He did understand that some principles transcend politics, that some values transcend party", Obama said about McCain.
About 20 years ago, retired Navy Capt. Jo Dee Jacob was tasked with the duty of finding the plot in the 150-year-old cemetery.
"I'm going to try to focus on the fact that I'm going to admit to what I have lost", Graham said Sunday morning on CNN's "State of the Union".
"So we went out there and there was nothing left", Jacob said. Chuck Larson, who died of leukemia in 2014, the Associated Press reported.
"Just like a Rubik's cube, we started moving people here and there ... and we started calling people that had a reservation for this spot", Jacob told KGTV. John called on us to be bigger than that.
25 of brain cancer at age 81, was the son and grandson of four-star admirals and a 1958 graduate of the Naval Academy.
On Friday, Meghan McCain gained attention after social media users noted the look on on her face as Vice President Mike Pence spoke during a memorial service for her father in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Friday. It's all about trust.
The memorial service at Washington National Cathedral was intended as a cap to public commemorations that began Wednesday in Phoenix, in his adopted home state of Arizona.
As for McCain's legacy, Durbin said, it is for "political figures of both parties at all levels - take the lesson to be civil".
McCain, an often imposing presence for decades in USA defence and foreign policy, was eulogised by former U.S. presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, as well as his daughter Meghan McCain on Saturday at a Washington ceremony. Bush won the primary, and the nomination, and was on hand Saturday to praise McCain's integrity at his funeral.
President Bill Clinton had just the right words to say after the horrific bombing of a government building in Oklahoma City, while President George W. Bush stirred the nation, standing at Ground Zero with first responders after the September 11 attacks.
"I think there are two lessons we can all learn from him". "We never doubted we were on the same team".
Jack McCain said of his father, "He fought hard, obstinately, exuberantly because he liked to fight, but more importantly, because he believed in what he was fighting for". "John McCain loved the men and women who served in the uniform of the United States".
In separate eulogies, Obama and Bush also delivered pushback to Trump that was more subtle than Meghan McCain's but unmistakable nonetheless.
She remembered how her father bore his suffering from injuries received as a Vietnam prisoner of war with the "stoic silence that was once the mark of an American man", in another apparent jab at the President.
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