When is John McCain’s funeral, was Donald Trump invited and is Barack Obama delivering a eulogy?

JOHN McCain was laid to rest this week after passing away last Saturday.

The senator’s memorial services were attended by a host of dignitaries from American politics as the nation mourns a war hero. Here’s what we know about the service.

 Here's what we know about how America will say goodbye to John McCain


Here’s what we know about how America will say goodbye to John McCain

When was John McCain’s funeral?

The services to remember John McCain got underway on Wednesday, August 29.

He will be honoured both in the state of Arizona, which he represented in the US Senate for 31 years, and in Washington DC.

McCain lay in state in the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix so Arizonans could pay their respects to the senator.

Former Senator Jon Kyl, who has been discussed as a possible successor to McCain, spoke as did outgoing Arizona senator Jeff Flake.

Members of the public were invited to pay their respects at the State Capitol from 1 pm through 8pm on Wednesday.

On Thursday a memorial service was held at the North Phoenix Baptist church where, among others, former Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to McCain.

In a teary tribute Biden opened his speech by saying: “My name is Joe Biden. I am a Democrat. And I loved John McCain.”

He went on to describe the Republican Senator as “a brother”.

His body was then transported by the military to Washington DC.

 Joe Biden wipes away a tear at a memorial service in Arizona on Thursday, August 30

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Joe Biden wipes away a tear at a memorial service in Arizona on Thursday, August 30

A ceremony was held at 10am where House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Vice President Mike Pence laid wreaths in his honour.

McCain became the 13th senator to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda, an honour reserved for the nation’s “most eminent citizens”.

On Saturday his family will escort his coffin along Pennsylvania Avenue to the Vietnam War Memorial where a wreath will be laid in his honour.

After that there will be a further memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Finally, McCain will be laid to rest in a private ceremony on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

 George W. Bush will also give a speech at the service

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George W. Bush will also give a speech at the service

Is Barack Obama delivering a eulogy?

During the service at Washington National Cathedral McCain’s children will pay tribute to their late father and read a poem.

Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 Presidential race, will also speak at the funeral as will former president George W. Bush.

Both men have released statements honouring McCain, with Bush calling him “a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.”

Obama, in his statement, recognised the long time Arizona senator’s commitment to his country, writing that, “…we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher — the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed.”

Former Senator Joe Lieberman, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger are also both slated to speak at the service.

Was Donald Trump invited?

President Donald Trump is not planning to attend McCain’s funeral and the pair frequently clashed during his their careers

Trump issued a statement on Monday afternoon saying: “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honour, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.

“I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honouring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.

“At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorised military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.

“Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.”

US President Donald Trump finally speaks on camera about the death of John McCain at a gathering of evangelical leaders in the White House

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