A former vice president, an National Football League star and other friends remembered Sen.
Former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a eulogy for his longtime friend Sen. "I'm a Democrat. And I love John McCain", Biden said, in an opening quip that captured the tone of the service.
"Many people might wonder what a young African-American kid from Minnesota and a highly decorated Vietnam hero turned United States senator might have in common", Fitzgerald said.
The memorial, which began Thursday morning at around 10:00 a.m. PST, is slated to include tributes from two of McCain's children, Andrew McCain and Bridget McCain, as well as a performance of "Amazing Grace" from the student choir, and a recessional to the tune of Frank Sinatra's "My Way".
Family members watched in silence as members of the military removed the flag-draped coffin from a black hearse and carried it into the church. He died August 25 from brain cancer at age 81.
House Speaker Paul Ryan remembered McCain as a man who made a "tremendous difference", "a man of conviction" and a "man of state".
The church's senior pastor, Noe Garcia, pronounced McCain "a true American hero".
Thursday's service ended two days of mourning for the six-term senator in his home state.
On Friday, McCain's casket will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, where friends, family and the public will similarly be able to remember his life of service.
Earlier, Vice President Mike Pence, lawmakers and guests paid tribute at an emotional ceremony surrounding McCain's casket in the vast rotunda.
"John McCain's impact on America is not over", Biden said.
"I said I've got two purple hearts, too". It passed saluting firefighters and dozens of well-wishers waving campaign-style McCain signs and American flags.
The former Arizona Republican and Vietnam prisoner of war - who died at age 81 on Saturday following a year-long battle with brain cancer - will be buried at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. A man who at times - just as he sacrificed himself for his fellow POWs in Vietnam - willingly chose to sacrifice his own political gain in order to accomplish what he believed was best for all.
McCain chose a Russian dissident as a pallbearer after Trump professed repeatedly his affinity and admiration for Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin - praise that came amid special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
"I'm confident his legacy of devotion will inspire people around the world", Fitzgerald said.
"To me, the Navy epitomises everything that's good in America", she told C-SPAN in 2008 during the presidential contest John McCain lost to Barack Obama. "I have a very strong opinion, all right".
The service brought to a close two days of mourning for the USA senator and 2008 presidential nominee in his home state. Tony Espinoza, a prominent Arizonan Latino leader, recalled McCain's love of "Mexican culture".
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