The body of John McCain arriving at the U.S. Capitol in Washington before lying in state on Aug. 31, 2018.

 An astounding array of the nation’s political, military, diplomatic and cultural leaders paid tribute Friday to the late Sen. John McCain – “a drum major for courage, truth and justice” – as he lay in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

The somber assemblage kicked off three days of ceremonies honoring McCain, a former Navy aviator and prisoner of war in Vietnam who went on to win six terms in the Senate. Before it’s over, McCain will be remembered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington National Cathedral and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

In a fitting testimonial, the skies erupted in a downpour as McCain’s flag-draped casket was carried up the marble steps of the Capitol by members of the U.S. armed forces Inside, tears welled up among mourners as it was placed on the simple pine catafalque hastily constructed in 1865 to hold the body of Abraham Lincoln.

Source : Billboard