A grieving Meghan McCain clasped her 106-year-old grandmother’s hand before appearing to mouth ‘I love you’ as she touched her father’s casket during Senator John McCain’s funeral on Friday morning.
Meghan was seen several times during the emotional service wiping away tears. Her grandmother and John McCain’s mother, Roberta McCain, tried to comfort Meghan by holding onto her hand.
Family and friends gathered into the the US Capitol Rotunda in Washington DC on Friday to say their final goodbyes to the senator, who died last Saturday at the age of 81 from brain cancer.
John McCain’s mother comforted Meghan McCain during the senator’s funeral on Friday at the Capitol Rotunda in DC
Meghan and Roberta held hands as Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech during Friday’s service
Vice president Mike Pence, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan all delivered speeches talking about McCain’s time in the military and his love for his country.
Pence paid tribute to John McCain’s military record as he remembered the late senator’s service at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol on Friday. He emphasized President Donald Trump asked him to be there.
‘The president asked me to be here on behalf of a great dignitary to pay respect,’ Pence said.
McCain, who planned his funeral before died, banned Trump from his memorials but wanted Pence invited.
The Vice President remembered traveling with McCain and his energy on the long trips.
‘On behalf of a grateful nation we will ever remember John McCain and served his country honorably. May God bless John McCain.’
Pence shook hands with the McCain family after his remarks and gave Cindy McCain a hug.
Roberta McCain was wheeled over to say her goodbyes at her son’s casket and made the sign of the cross
Meghan McCain broke down in tears she paid her respects at her father’s casket
Meghan was seen several times during the ceremony crying and wiping away tears
McConnell expressed the gratitude of the nation when he welcomed McCain’s remains to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
‘We gather to recognize a great loss and celebrate a great life,’ McConnell.
‘On behalf of an entire nation thank you,’ he added.
The entire leadership of Congress was on hand to honor the late senator, who served over 35 years in the Capitol hallways.
‘John McCain deserves to be remembered the way he wants to be remembered,’ Ryan said.
‘Yeah he really does town like a sailor,’ Ryan said, recalling McCain’s famous temper.
‘On behalf of a grateful nation we will ever remember John McCain and served his country honorably,’ Pence said
Onlookers shared a moment of silence as the honor guard placed the Arizona senator’s flag draped body on the catafalque
The Capitol rotunda was packed with lawmakers and administration officials with the exception of President Donald Trump.
After the speeches, family and friends paid their respects at John McCain’s casket. Roberta, who uses a wheelchair, made the sign of the cross before she was taken back to her seat.
Meghan leaned down over the flag-draped coffin and appeared to mouth the words ‘I love you’ as she broke down in tears.