Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to Sen. John McCain's service to the country in both the military and in Congress.

Pence made the remarks Friday during a memorial service on Capitol Hill for McCain (R-Ariz.), who passed away Saturday, August 25, at the age of 81 after a battle with brain cancer.

With members of McCain’s family in attendance, Pence said Americans “marveled at the iron will of John McCain” and praised him for holding fast “to his faith in America through six decades of service.”


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Pence noted that only 30 Americans have lain in state in the United States Capitol rotunda, and he said the fact that McCain received that honor is a reflection of the esteem in which his colleagues and the nation held him.

"As President Trump said yesterday, we respect his service to the country," Pence said.

"We gather here today to honor an American patriot, who served a cause greater than himself, and we gather here remembering a man who knew how he wanted to be remembered. And so let me say to all those gathered and his beloved family, on behalf of a grateful nation, we will ever remember that John McCain served his country, and John McCain served his country honorably," Pence concluded.

"May god bless the memory of John McCain. My god comfort his family and friends, and may god continue to bless the United States of America."

Watch the vice president's full speech above.


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