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WASHINGTON (AP) —Thousands of people lined up for blocks outside the U.S. Capitol to say goodbye to Senator John McCain as officials, relatives and friends paid tribute to the Vietnam hero and longtime senator lying in state under the majestic dome.

House Speaker Paul Ryan called McCain “one of the bravest souls our nation has produced.”

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 31: Members of the public file through the Rotunda to pay their respects to the late-Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as his casket lies in state during a memorial service in his honor at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. The late senator died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, then a memorial service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday. Sen. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “We thank God for giving this country John McCain.”

President Donald Trump was absent from the event, at the McCain family’s request after an extended feud between the two.

McCain died Saturday at age 81.

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