Fitzgerald honored to speak at McCain's memorial

A statue of Sen. Richard Russell stands in the rotunda of a Senate office building named after him

A statue of Sen. Richard Russell stands in the rotunda of a Senate office building named after him. J. Scott Applewhite AP

Shane Doan of Halkirk, Alta., who retired from the National Hockey League past year after 21 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes organization earlier this month, will be part of the service on Thursday.

On Monday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Washington Post, "I think I'd be in favor of naming nearly any building for McCain, but I'm not sure that I want to make a decision on a specific building at this point". "I have not been cheated.' He was not cheated".

"Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him, I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him", Schumer said.

"Country first means that even if it's inconvenient for you and it makes you uncomfortable, you do it anyway", Graham said. "His significance went well beyond his own country".

He said the proposal would honor McCain while also removing the name of former Sen.

Fighting back tears, the South Carolina Republican spoke about his personal experiences with McCain touring the Hanoi Hilton where he was held by the North Vietnamese and campaigning unsuccessfully for president in 2008.

The others also speaking: Former vice president Joe Biden, former McCain chief of staff and Arizona state attorney general Grant Woods, businessman Tommy Espinoza, McCain's son Andrew and his daughter Bridget. John McCain by renaming the Russell Senate Office Building after him.

Graham said he had fashioned his speech in the guise of a military "after action" report with the code name "Operation Maverick".

"This man was the conscious of the Senate".

'The President told John Kelly 'Whatever they need they get, ' so let's look forward, ' Graham said. John McCain will cast a long shadow.

McCain had a tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump, whom Graham has defended in recent months.

Graham, who has grown closer to Trump since they ran against each other in the 2016 presidential primary. "It is all over now".

Graham said he would characterize "Operation Maverick" as "wildly successful". "When the president mentioned John, he got applause".

Though the White House had drafted a statement on the death of John McCain, it was not released.

Mr. McCain will be buried on Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in a private funeral service. But his death at home in Arizona on Saturday has changed the atmosphere as the U.S. Capitol prepares for him to lie in state under the rotunda on Friday. Amy Klobuchar and Lindsey Graham, and US ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak on April 8, 2009. Services will take place around Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

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