Corrected: Former Vice President Biden to lead memorial tribute to McCain

Late Sen. John McCain's desk on the Senate floor

Wednesday would have been his 82nd birthday.

McCain was a stalwart ally of Israel. A hearse bearing McCain's body arrived at the Phoenix statehouse with a police motorcycle escort for a brief ceremony honoring the Arizona senator, who died of brain cancer on Saturday at age 81.

The air around the Arizona State Capitol was heavy as McCain's body moved from the A.L. Moore Grimshaw-Mortuary Wednesday morning. A private memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. ET, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland.

Le was a child in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and only vaguely knew of stories about the famous American, captured by communists, who "loved his friends and refused to be released" until they were. Jeff Flake and former Sen.

McCain, the son and grandson of Navy admirals, will be laid to rest beside his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, the late Admiral Chuck Larson, organizers said.

John McCain's casket is driving in a motorcade along a Phoenix highway on its way to the memorial service for the longtime Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate.

"I want to pay my respects because he deserves it", said Linda Gordon, 58.

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl served alongside McCain in the U.S. Senate for almost two decades.

Among the thousands of people gathered at the Arizona State Capitol to mourn the loss of Senator John McCain were ASU students and staff, who, compelled by McCain's outsized impact on state politics and his interactions with the University, felt the need to commemorate the late lawmaker and his legacy.

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John McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol today.

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said he had been with McCain across the world and he had better instincts on when to assert USA power than anyone else he knew.

Ducey remarked on McCain's resilience and strong principles.

Brewer approved of the idea - "Like the Ronald Reagan Airport, it would be the John McCain Airport" - and said there have been very few Arizonans of McCain's impact. The visitation was to continue as long as people waited in line, said Rick Davis, McCain's former presidential campaign manager.

"Senator Hatch believes it's a worthy goal and looks forward to working with the majority leader to accomplish it", Hatch's deputy chief of staff, Matt Whitlock, said Monday afternoon.

Thursday, his body will be taken to a Phoenix church, where former Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a eulogy during a memorial service.

Arizona Cardinals' receiver Larry Fitzgerald is scheduled to will speak during the service in Phoenix, preceding former US vice-president Joe Biden.

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