Governor Doug Ducey and his wife greeted the hearse along with a phalanx of military personnel, war veterans, law enforcement officers and firefighters in dress uniform.
On August 25, 2018, Senator John McCain died after a long battle with brain cancer. John McCain, R-Ariz., looks at the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix.
A choir from the Jesuit-run Brophy College Preparatory school that two of McCain's sons attended was scheduled to sing "Amazing Grace" and "Arizona" during the church service.
Late Sen. John McCain's desk on the Senate floor.
People holding US flags and campaign style placards with the word "McCain" lined part of the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route that the motorcade with McCain's casket will take from the Arizona State Capitol to the church.
McCain's staff says the campaign-style signs are replicas of his 2008 presidential campaign.
McCain stood out during the last two years of his life as a leading Republican critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican whom McCain's family has asked not to attend his funeral on Saturday at Washington's National Cathedral.
John McCain's memorial at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday.
The Capitol was then opened to the public in the afternoon, allowing visitors to walk past the closed casket after waiting in line outside in temperatures that reached 104 degrees (40 Celsius).
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Schumer and Arizona's junior senator, Jeff Flake, will formally introduce the resolution soon. "I consider it a great privilege to have served with John and I will miss him as a friend and as a strong force for America in the world". It also began two days of official mourning in Arizona before his body is taken to Washington for a viewing at the U.S. Capitol, followed by burial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
McCain's body arrived in a black vehicle and was greeted by uniformed personnel lining the street, leading up to the Capitol.
"When John McCain called on us to serve a objective greater than one's own self-interest, it wasn't a talking point created to win the next election", Ducey said.
"When he saw challenges to its institutions or values, he fought to protect them", Kyl said.
As for how the McCain family is holding up, Rick Davis, his former campaign manager said "It's nearly as if the Senator prepared them for this moment". I am not going to give up on the idea of working with this president.
Instead of talking politics, he says they talked about their love of classic rock and music in general.
Following a memorial ceremony at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, McCain's remains are to be flown on a military aircraft to Washington.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a friend of John for four decades, is scheduled to speak at the memorial.