However, President Trump, with whom McCain frequently found himself at political odds, will be conspicuously absent from ceremonies leading up to a private interment at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., for the former naval aviator and Vietnam War prisoner.
Members of the McCain family watch joint service members of a military casket team carry the casket of Senator John McCain from the US Capitol to a motorcade that will ferry him to a funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, USA, 01 September 2018.
Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at his funeral on Saturday. It will pass the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain's wife, Cindy, is expected to lay a wreath.
In an emotional eulogy in Phoenix, former Vice President Joe Biden, who served in the U.S. Senate with McCain - where the two had frequent partisan differences - said, "I always thought of John as a brother".
During the 1970s, Dole - who had met McCain's father - became one of the millions of Americans who wore a metal bracelet with the name of a serviceman who was captured or missing during the Vietnam War.
It was an awkward message to deliver from a president who has studiously refrained from praising McCain, either during his illness or since his death.
"Despite his being a U.S. Senator, across Europe we all felt that John McCain III was one of our own", they said in a letter to the British paper The Times.
McCain's farewell began on Wednesday in Arizona.
In Congress, where he laid in state on Friday, McCain was a leading voice for revamping the country's immigration, campaign finance and environmental laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) McCain's casket lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday.
"He spent much of the a year ago of his life trying to push back on that and explain this country isn't a country of land, blood and soil, but a nation founded on ideals, and those ideals have made us prosperous and powerful".
After the service, McCain's widow, Cindy, and Sen. Some wept. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reached out with both hands to touch the flag.
They were all wearing yellow "Vietnamese Refugee Community" T-shirts with the words "We salute our hero Senator John McCain".
"At any moment, he might be preparing an eloquent reflection on human liberty or a devastating joke, served up with his signature cackle and that John McCain glint in his eye", he said.
Attendees included former Democratic Sen.
The public will file through the Capitol's Rotunda past his coffin for six hours to pay their respects.
On Saturday, a motorcade will take McCain's casket past the capital's stately monuments en route to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where Cindy McCain will place a wreath at the black, v-shaped granite wall inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 United States soldiers killed in combat.
Friday's events in the Capitol will feature remarks by fellow Republicans Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, honoring McCain's 35-year career in Congress.
The day saw a series of leaders eulogizing the veteran Arizona senator, often addressing McCain's children. In one photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are pictured beside Florida Governor Rick Scott and President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton.