McCain's daughter Meghan delivered an emotional tribute that was both affectionate toward her father and an implicit rebuke of President Trump, who was not invited to the service.
She said: "My father was a great man. Because America was always great". Those from the administration who attended included Trump's daughter Ivanka, and his son in law, Jared Kushner. McCain's request. They sat where he asked them to sit - rivals often side-by-side. As a candidate, Trump infamously questioned the veteran Republican Senator's military credentials during the 2016 election cycle, stoking outrage by suggesting McCain was not a hero because he was captured by the Vietnamese.
WASHINGTON-John McCain is being laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy after a five-day procession that served as a final call to arms for a nation he warned could lose its civility and sense of shared goal.
He added that: "To the face of those in authority, John McCain would insist that we are better than this, America is better than this".
One other former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, also was in attendance at the memorial service on Saturday, as was his wife Hillary Clinton and numerous foreign dignataries. It's a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough, but is instead born of fear.
While a military honor guard carried McCain's casket into the cathedral for the service, it was escorted by honorary pallbearers, friends of McCain such as former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
McCain's family had made clear that Trump was not welcome at memorial services in Arizona and Washington or at Sunday's private burial service in Annapolis, Maryland, at the US Naval Academy.
McCain died at the age of 81 last Saturday after stopping treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor.
They also argue that 'In a way, it was a fitting tribute, seeing as unlike Donald, John wasn't a petty man, and he didn't hold grudges.
The McCain family was joined by a gathering of friends and loved ones to grieve the loss of an American icon. John McCain, the president tweeted familiar grievances and headed to the golf course.
At the time of Larson's death, McCain said in a statement he could think of "no finer example of honorable" and faithful service to the country than that of Larson's. But they spoke of reconciling with him during personal moments afterward, and, as Bush said, "the rivalry melted away".
The former President acknowledged the contrast between himself and McCain, saying, "We were standard-bearers of different American political traditions".
He had been routinely criticised over his military record by the United States president, who spent some time ahead of the service tweeting out a series of long-standing grievances about the news media, Canada and the Justice Department.
Bush described McCain as a man with a code.
Of those who spoke at Friday's ceremony, fellow Republican Mitch McConnell had perhaps the fullest sense of the McCain experience.
"Back", McCain wrote on the last page of his recent memoir, "where it began".