Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey spoke at Sen. John McCain's memorial service Wednesday described how important the iconic U.S. senator was to the state.

McCain died at the age of 81 last weekend after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

Ducey began his remarks by describing McCain's walk to freedom after being imprisoned for five years after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War.


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He noted how McCain refused to be released until all of his fellow American soldiers were let go with him.

"It's this moment, more than any other, that can't help but stir a spirit of patriotism deep inside every American," Ducey said.

He described how McCain "plowed through" elections with warrior-like energy and focus.

"But along the way, he did it with humor and humanity," Ducey said.

He said the Arizona senator brought America "above politics" and praised his efforts and abilities to bring the country together.

Ducey went on to say that visitors to Arizona most commonly identify the state with two things: John McCain and the Grand Canyon.

"John McCain was Arizona," he said. "Imagining Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon. It's just not natural."

Watch Ducey's full remarks above.

Moments later, McCain's wife Cindy, daughter Meghan and other family members paid their respects to the senator's flag-draped casket. 


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