Late United States Sen. John McCain final journey ended Sunday on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Mr McCain was buried next to his classmate and friend, Admiral Chuck Larson, who reserved four plots in the idyllic cemetery for the pair and their wives before his death in 2014.
A horse-drawn caisson carrying the senator’s casket led a procession of mourners from the academy’s chapel to its cemetery following a private service. The senator’s widow, Cindy, and his children were among those who walked behind the caisson. Joining them were family and friends as well as members of McCain’s Class of 1958, military leaders and academy midshipmen.
The Vietnam War hero, maverick senator and two-time presidential candidate was bid farewell burial on Sunday with climaxed the week of tributes from the two sides of political divide.
McCain, who retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of captain, was buried in a plot of land next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend Adm. Chuck Larson, who died of leukemia in 2014
The six-time Arizona senator, who died at age 81 of brain cancer, McCain’s son Jack McCain, Gen. David Petraeus and Sen. Lindsey Graham delivered remarks at the private ceremony.
Graham said before the service that he wanted to talk about how “nobody loved a soldier more than John McCain, that I bear witness to his commitment to have their back, travel where they go, never let them be forgotten,” according to the news service.
Dozens of political power players from both parties gathered for a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday. Multiple speakers at the event made subtle swipes and references to Trump and the decline of civility in U.S. politics.
A military flypast was performed with the squadron one plane short, to symbolise the dead senator.
Mr McCain graduated from the elite Naval Academy in 1958, later serving in Vietnam as a fighter jet pilot.
Family and friends were joined by his classmates and the current midshipmen for a service at the school’s chapel.
Before the burial, McCain’s widow, Cindy, his sons Jack and Don, daughter Meghan and his 106-year-old mother, Roberta, joined mourners at a memorial service at the academy’s chapel.
In attendance were former CIA director and Army General David Petraeus and Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), a long-time political ally and one of McCain’s closest friends.