PHOTOS: Honoring Sen. John McCain The late senator, war hero, husband and father was memorialized in Washington, D.C., on Saturday by family, friends and former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
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PHOTOS: Honoring Sen. John McCain

Meghan McCain speaks at the memorial service of her father U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Joshua Roberts/Reuters hide caption

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Meghan McCain speaks at the memorial service of her father U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

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The late Sen. John McCain was honored by family, friends and high-profile politicians at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, following days of public memorials in Arizona and Washington, D.C.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were among those paying tribute during the 2 1/2-hour funeral service, offering touching — and sometimes humorous — personal anecdotes about their time spent with McCain.

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, also delivered a heartfelt eulogy.

"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness — the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly," McCain said.

Through tears, she said that although McCain was known for many accomplishments — a presidential nominee, a senator and a war hero — she will remember him best for the love he provided as a father.

John McCain, who died on Aug. 25 at age 81, will be buried in a private ceremony on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md.

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The casket of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain is carried out after the National Memorial Service. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The casket of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain is carried out after the National Memorial Service.

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Cindy McCain, John McCain's widow, looks on as joint military service team carries the casket of the late senator following his funeral service. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Cindy McCain, John McCain's widow, looks on as joint military service team carries the casket of the late senator following his funeral service.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service for John McCain.

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Navy Lt. Jack McCain, the son of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is reflected in the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Jack's mother, Cindy McCain, accompanied by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, right, and President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, departs after laying a wreath at the memorial. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Navy Lt. Jack McCain, the son of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is reflected in the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Jack's mother, Cindy McCain, accompanied by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, right, and President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, departs after laying a wreath at the memorial.

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Rhonda Zuck, left, and her husband, Tim Zuck, center, drove from Racine, Wisc., for the wreath laying ceremony for Sen. John McCain at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Ray Whitehouse/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rhonda Zuck, left, and her husband, Tim Zuck, center, drove from Racine, Wisc., for the wreath laying ceremony for Sen. John McCain at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Members of the McCain family watch joint service members of a military casket team carry the casket of Sen. John McCain from the U.S. Capitol to a motorcade that will ferry him to a funeral service. Jim Lo Scalzo/Reuters hide caption

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Members of the McCain family watch joint service members of a military casket team carry the casket of Sen. John McCain from the U.S. Capitol to a motorcade that will ferry him to a funeral service.

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William Cohen, Joe Biden and Warren Beatty follow the casket as it arrives for a memorial service of John McCain. Joshua Roberts/Reuters hide caption

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William Cohen, Joe Biden and Warren Beatty follow the casket as it arrives for a memorial service of John McCain.

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during the memorial service on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during the memorial service on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

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Roberta McCain arrives for the memorial service of her son. Joshua Roberts/Reuters hide caption

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Roberta McCain arrives for the memorial service of her son.

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Left to right: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore attend the memorial service. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Left to right: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore attend the memorial service.

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Members of the military follow as the casket of late U.S. Sen. John McCain, is carried out after the National Memorial Service. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the military follow as the casket of late U.S. Sen. John McCain, is carried out after the National Memorial Service.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, center left, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, center right, greet attendees. Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, center left, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, center right, greet attendees.

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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speaks during the funeral service for John McCain. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speaks during the funeral service for John McCain.

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Jay Leno arrives for the funeral of John McCain.

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Pallbearers, left to right, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Warren Beatty participate in a memorial service for U.S. Sen. John McCain. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pallbearers, left to right, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Warren Beatty participate in a memorial service for U.S. Sen. John McCain.

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Meghan McCain and her mother Cindy McCain embrace as the casket of John McCain arrives at the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral service. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Meghan McCain and her mother Cindy McCain embrace as the casket of John McCain arrives at the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral service.

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The casket is carried out of the cathedral after the national memorial service for John McCain. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The casket is carried out of the cathedral after the national memorial service for John McCain.

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, stand with Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., after a wreath laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Ray Whitehouse/Getty Images hide caption

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, stand with Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., after a wreath laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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