Hundreds gather to honor John McCain at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (AUGUST 31, 2018) (RESTRICTED POOL) – A steady stream of people passed through the Capitol Rotunda on Friday (August 31) to pay their respects to the late Senator John McCain by filing past his coffin. His casket laid in the Rotunda atop a pine board catafalque originally built in 1865 for President Abraham Lincoln’s casket.

McCain helped plan the events around his funeral and made it clear to family and friends that he wanted Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, Bush and Obama to speak – but that President Donald Trump was not welcome.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at the National Cathedral, where former President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy.

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