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Sen. John McCain was eulogized as a "true American hero" - and a bad driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good fight - at a crowded church service for the maverick politician Thursday that ended with the playing of Frank Sinatra's "My Way".

However, President Trump, with whom McCain frequently found himself at political odds, will be conspicuously absent as the former naval aviator and Vietnam War prisoner in the ceremonies leading up to a private interment at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Earlier, the hearse bearing McCain's coffin was greeted outside the statehouse by National Guard troops, military veterans, law enforcement officers and firefighters, all in dress uniform and standing at attention as they saluted.

McCain, who died Saturday months after announcing that he had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, was initially honored in the state that he represented in Congress for 35 years.

A choir from the Jesuit-run Brophy College Preparatory school that two of McCain's sons attended sang "Amazing Grace".

Grant Woods, McCain's former chief of staff, delivered what sounded like a veiled shot at Trump, noting that McCain "wouldn't stand by" when people tried to stamp on the Bill of Rights, "including the First Amendment".

They had come from Mesa, Arizona, for the service, and moved from Vietnam a year ago.

"I don't think I'm worthy to be up there, to be honest with you", Fitzgerald said. "To him, he knew we all make America great".

The church's senior pastor, Noe Garcia, pronounced McCain "a true American hero".

"The way I look at it, the way I thought about it was that I always thought of John as a brother", Biden said. And he spoke directly to McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, seated in the front row: "You were his ballast". (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Meghan McCain, daughter of, Sen.

Larry Fitzgerald just gave an emotional speech in front of John McCain's friends and family at his memorial service. detailing his unique friendship with the late senator.

Sinatra's My Way paid tribute to a politician who was known for following his own path based on his personal principles.

Two White House officials said McCain's family had asked, before the senator's death, that Trump not attend the funeral services.

The service brought to a close two days of mourning for the six-term senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee in his home state.

John McCain, stands beside his casket as he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington.

As the 11-vehicle motorcade with a 17-motorcycle police escort made its way toward the church, people along the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route held signs that read simply "McCain", and cars on the other side of the highway stopped or slowed to a crawl in apparent tribute.

Arizona State Troopers escort the motorcade carrying Sen.

McCain "served his country honorably", Pence said, adding that President Donald Trump "respected his service to the country".

But I pray you take some comfort knowing that because you shared John with all of us, your whole life, the world, now shares with you the ache of John's death.

Capitol Hill Guard of Honor will then preside as the public is invited to pay their respects to Senator McCain.

Twenty-four sitting USA senators, four former senators and other leaders from Arizona were expected at the service for the maverick politician, former prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate.

Ahead of the service Thursday morning, the line for people with tickets to sit in the public section wrapped halfway around the block-sized church.

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