John McCain's mother says final goodbye to her son at Capitol ceremony
Roberta McCain, John McCain's 106-year-old mother, paid her respects to the late senator by doing the sign of the cross next to the casket.
The heartbreaking moment took place on Friday, August 31, 2018, at the U.S. Capitol, after what has been a very trying and emotional week to the McCain Family.
According to USA Today, Roberta was a rock for Meghan McCain and held her granddaughter's hand throughout the whole ceremony.
McCain's death took everyone by surprise and it was quite shocking for everyone who knew him, even though he was already very weak due to his battle with brain cancer.
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As we offer heartfelt prayers and condolences for John McCain’s family, do recall that his mother, Roberta McCain, is still alive — at age 106. pic.twitter.com/rx2tdHPn3u— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) August 26, 2018
A PILAR OF SUPPORT
One by one, people paid their respects to the former politician and war hero, who spent five years incarcerated in Vietnam, where he was beaten and tortured every single day.
Meghan was spotted crying throughout the ceremony but found some comfort in her grandmother, who, gently but firmly, held her hand.
PRESTIGIOUS FIGURES IN ATTENDANCE
81-year-old McCain's casket was draped by the American flag and was carried up the steps of the Capitol in the pouring rain by representatives from every military branch.
Aside from family and friends, the funeral service was attended by several lawmakers who filled the Capitol Rotunda, as well as Vice-President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly and Donald Trump's adviser Kellyanna Conway.
Pence was representing not only himself but also the President of the U.S., who was specifically asked not to be present at McCain's funeral services due to the bad blood between them.
Roberta McCain, Sen. John McCain's mother, and granddaughter Meghan McCain, share a sweet moment during the ceremony inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 31, 2018
McCain is the first identified Vietnam veteran to lie in state at the Rotunda: https://t.co/v7DmwaIXNp (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/7etsQHPg1s
TRUMP INSISTS HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG
During an Interview with Bloomberg News, Trump shared that he has done everything requested by the McCain family and that he had no regrets whatsoever.
He also added that he respected McCain's service to the country despite having had many strong disagreements with the former Arizona senator, who will be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland.