International: Thousands gather to say goodbye to Senator McCain

Thousands have gathered along the streets of Arizona to bid farewell to late US Senator John McCain.

A hearse carrying McCain's casket has left the Arizona State Capitol and is taking the body of the longtime lawmaker, two-time presidential candidate and former POW to a Phoenix church for a public memorial service.

People carrying campaign style placards with the word "McCain" and holding U.S. flags lined part of the part of the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route the motorcade was taking Thursday to the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

The hearse is accompanied by Arizona Highway Patrol motorcycle troopers and vehicles with family members.The hearse is accompanied by Arizona Highway Patrol motorcycle troopers and vehicles with family members.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is among speakers for the church service.

After it ends, McCain's body will be taken to Sky Harbor International Airport and flown to Washington D.C., where it will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol 

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