The nation honors Sen. John McCain
Sen. John McCain's staff provided the following list of notable attendees expected to attend this morning's service. It includes a number of current and former US leaders, current and foreign leaders, and at least seven POWs:
Current and Former U.S. Leaders:
- President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- Vice President Al Gore
- Vice President Richard Cheney
- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
- Secretary of State John Kerry
- Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole
- Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy
- Representative Gabby Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
- Governor Mitt Romney
- Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats
- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions
- Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie
- Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy Walter E Carter, Jr.
- Secretary of Commerce Don Evans
- Several Current and Former Members of Congress
Current and Former Foreign Leaders:
- President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko
- Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko
- Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk
- Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine and Former Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Danylo Lubkivsky
- Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg
- Former Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen
- President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela
- Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili
- Minority Leader of the Parliament of Georgia (UNM) David Bakradze
- Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia (Dream Party) Tamar Chugoshvili
- HE Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Al Thani
- Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir
- Director for International Affairs for the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland Witold Dzielski
- Former President of Estonia Toomas Ilves
- Defense Minister of Estonia Juri Luik
- Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser
- Former Canadian Minister of Defense and Member of Parliament Peter MacKay
- Canadian Parliamentary Representative to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrew Leslie
- Defense Minister of Canada Harjut Singh Sajjan
- Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius
- Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkevics
- Former President of Colombia Jose Santos
- President of the Bundestag (German Parliament) Wolfgang Schaeuble
- Speaker of Taiwan Parliament Su Jia-chyuan
- Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States Devinda Subasinghe
- Commander Everett Alvarez Jr. (USN-ret)
- General Charles (Chuck) Boyd
- Colonel Michael (Mike) Brazelton
- Captain Gerald (Jerry) Coffee
- Captain Michael (Mike) Cronin
- Colonel John Fer
- Rear Admiral Robert (Bob) Shumaker
Cindy McCain laid a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial this morning in honor of her late husband, Sen. John McCain. McCain, and other members of the McCain family, are making their way to the National Cathedral for the funeral service now.
Friends, family and former presidents will gather at Washington National Cathedral this morning to honor the life of the late Sen. John McCain.
The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. ET, will feature tributes from Republican former President George W. Bush, who prevailed over McCain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, and Democratic former President Barack Obama, who ran against McCain in the 2008 presidential election and won.
The remarks from former Democratic and Republican presidents who were once rivals to McCain will send an unmistakable message of unity and bipartisanship at a time when Washington is deeply divided.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Meghan McCain, one of the late senator's daughters, are also on the list of those slated to speak at Saturday's memorial service.
Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who delivered an emotional eulogy for McCain at a memorial service in Arizona on Thursday, will serve as a pallbearer on Saturday.
Actor Warren Beatty, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and former chief of staff to McCain Mark Salter will also serve as pallbearers, among others.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close friend of McCain's, and McCain's children Jimmy and Sidney McCain will take part in the ceremony as well.
A memorial service for the late Sen. John McCain will be held Saturday at the National Cathedral in Washington.
While traveling from the US Capitol to the National Cathedral, the motorcade will stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, will lay a wreath to honor those who died in the war.
The memorial service at the cathedral will begin at 10 a.m. Scheduled speakers include:
- Former President George W. Bush
- Former President Barack Obama
- Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte
- Sen. Lindsey Graham
- Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
Meghan McCain posted a picture with Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Sen. Joe Lieberman.
Both men had been longtime friends of her father. It appears the picture was taken today, as Meghan’s outfit and hair appear to be similar to what she had on at the Capitol today.
Security is now letting members of the public inside the US Capitol to say their final goodbyes to the late Sen. John McCain, who is lying in state.
They will be allowed to do so until 8 p.m. ET.
One of those visitors is Heidi Williams, who says she wants to pay tribute to a man who was bipartisan.
Sen. John McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, is still on Capitol Hill, and she and Sen. Lindsey Graham will address the Senate staff.
Afterwards, Graham will escort McCain to the Senate Floor to visit her late husband's desk.