McCain honored with wreath at Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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The late Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' MORE (R) was honored by members of his family with a wreath-laying at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Saturday ahead of his funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Video captured by NBC News Saturday morning showed McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, laying a wreath at the memorial for her husband alongside daughter Meghan McCain and flanked by Gen. John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, currently White House chief of staff, and Defense Secretary Gen. James MattisJames Norman MattisPentagon watchdog probing whether acting chief boosted Boeing Overnight Defense: Judge says Trump can't implement transgender policy | Trump floats admitting Brazil to NATO | Mattis returning to Stanford Mattis returning to Stanford months after Pentagon resignation MORE.

A blue sash on the wreath read "in honor of all those who served," and makeshift signs and other items memorializing McCain surrounded the wreath after it was placed.


McCain served during the Vietnam War, during which he was captured by North Vietnamese forces and held captive for years after his plane was shot down

Pausing briefly at the memorial, McCain's widow could be seen offering a silent prayer while standing alongside the two generals before heading to the National Cathedral with her escort.

As the family left, a loud cheer erupted from assembled mourners in honor of McCain, according to multiple news reports.

McCain will be eulogized by former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush at Saturday's service, and will be buried at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The Arizona senator, a longtime senator who often spurned his own party in favor of bipartisan consensus, died last week at the age of 81 from brain cancer.