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John McCain’s D.C. Funeral: The Most Moving Photos

At Washington National Cathedral, dignitaries including former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush pay tribute to the late senator and war hero.

On Saturday in Washington, D.C. — where for more than 30 years he represented the state of Arizona and earned a reputation in Congress as a “maverick” — late U.S. Senator John McCain was honored by friends, loved ones, and even onetime political rivals. Former U.S. presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, both of whom McCain had challenged in their races to win the nation’s highest office, delivered eulogies during the service at Washington National Cathedral. In doing so, they underscored the respect McCain commanded throughout his life for his service and bravery, from his years as a Vietnam War POW to his last days battling brain cancer. Here, touching photos from the service, part of a five-day series of memorial events before McCain’s body is laid to rest on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: A military honor guard team carries the casket of the late-Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) from the U.S. Capitol September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The late senator died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer. Sen. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Win McNamee/Getty Images MILITARY HONOR GUARDS CARRY THE CASKET FROM THE U.S. CAPITOL

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 1: Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, second from left, lays a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a funeral procession to carry the casket of her husband from the U.S. Capitol to National Cathedral for a Memorial Service on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The late senator died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images) Pool/Getty Images CINDY MCCAIN LAYS A WREATH AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 1: Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lays a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a funeral procession to carry the casket of her husband from the U.S. Capitol to National Cathedral for a Memorial Service on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC.McCain served as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War and was a prisoner of war for more than five years. (Photo by Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images) Pool/Getty Images CINDY MCCAIN WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 1: Bridget McCain and Meghan McCain, daughters of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., watch as Cindy McCain, lays a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a funeral procession to carry the casket of her husband from the U.S. Capitol to National Cathedral for a Memorial Service on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. McCain served as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War and was a prisoner of war for more than five years. (Photo by Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images) Pool/Getty Images BRIDGET AND MEGHAN MCCAIN AT THE VETERANS MEMORIAL WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: People stand in silence during a wreath laying ceremony to honor the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Sen. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images PEOPLE STAND IN SILENCE DURING THE CEREMONY WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 1: A joint service military casket team prepares to unload the casket of the late Senator John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral service for McCain, September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are set to deliver eulogies for McCain in front of the 2,500 invited guests. McCain will be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Drew Angerer/Getty Images THE CASKET ARRIVES AT THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 1: Meghan McCain and her mother Cindy McCain embrace as the casket of the late Senator John McCain arrives at the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral service for McCain, September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are set to deliver eulogies for McCain in front of the 2,500 invited guests. McCain will be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Drew Angerer/Getty Images MEGHAN AND CINDY MCCAIN EMBRACE WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Former Vice President Joe Biden talks to Roberta McCain at the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral service for the late Senator John McCain, September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are set to deliver eulogies for McCain in front of the 2,500 invited guests. McCain will be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images JOE BIDEN GREETS JOHN MCCAIN'S MOTHER, ROBERTA WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 1: (L-R) Former U.S. President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore stand as the casket is brought in for the funeral service for U.S. Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The late senator died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Wilson/Getty Images THE CEREMONY COMMENCES Looking on: Former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and Lynne Cheney. Meghan McCain, daughter of US Senator John McCain, speaks during a memorial service for her father at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images MEGHAN MCCAIN EULOGIZES HER FATHER Former US President George W. Bush speaks during a memorial service for US Senator John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH SPEAKS Former US President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service for US Senator John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA THE RECESSIONAL SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images THE RECESSIONAL CINDY MCCAIN OUTSIDE THE CATHEDRAL Drew Angerer/Getty Images CINDY MCCAIN OUTSIDE THE CATHEDRAL THE MCCAIN FAMILY JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images THE MCCAIN FAMILY

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