US Senator John McCain laid to rest at private ceremony

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US senator and war veteran John McCain was laid to rest on Sunday at a private ceremony attended by friends and family. funeral
US senator and war veteran John McCain was laid to rest on Sunday at a private ceremony attended by friends and family. PIX: Ron Sachs/CNP via ZUMA Wire/dpa

US senator and war veteran John McCain was laid to rest on Sunday at a private ceremony attended by friends and family.

McCain, who was captured and tortured during the Vietnam War, was buried with military honours at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and honoured with an aerial salute.

The funeral marked the end of a week of mourning for the former fighter pilot who died of brain cancer last weekend at the age of 81.

McCain was honoured first in his home state of Arizona and on Friday lay in state at the US Capitol, a rare event reflecting Congress’ admiration for the politician.

McCain was one of the most outspoken voices against President Donald Trump within the governing Republican party.

His funeral in Washington on Saturday, much of which was planned by the senator himself, was regarded as having been choreographed to embrace bipartisanship and express concern over the current presidency.

Democrat and Republican ex-presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush both delivered emotional eulogies at the funeral, to which Trump was not invited.

The president, who once said McCain wasn’t a war hero because he was captured and who has been embroiled in controversy over how to remember the senator, spent Saturday at his golf club in Virginia.

McCain’s daughter Meghan took a jab at Trump in the service in Washington, referencing his famous campaign slogan.

“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” she said in a tearful speech. -DPA

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