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These Photos From John McCain’s Ceremony Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes

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The casket of Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain lay in state at the Arizona capitol Wednesday, as family, friends and citizens paid their respects and said goodbye.

The tearjerking photos from the day demonstrate just how difficult the mourning process has been and will continue to be for the McCain family.

McCain passed away at his Arizona ranch on Saturday at age 81 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. While more than 500 individuals arrived at the ceremony, none were more visibly upset than his wife Cindy, and his children Meghan and Jack.

PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 29: Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, is escorted to the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda by her sons Jack (L) and Jimmy (R) where her husbands’ body will lie in state on August 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Sen. McCain, a decorated war hero, died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Meghan McCain cries as she and her husband Ben Domenech follow behind the casket carrying her father, the late U.S. Senator John McCain, as they arrive for a memorial service at the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda where he will lie in state, August 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Cindy McCain, wife of US Senator John McCain, wipes a tear away next to her son, Jack, during a memorial service for her husband at the Arizona Capitol on on August 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo by Ross D. FRANKLIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROSS D. FRANKLIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. wipes a tear away next to her son Jack McCain during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on August 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jae C. Hong – Pool/Getty Images)

Cindy McCain stands with her sons Jack and Jimmy (R) during a memorial service for Sen. McCain at the Capitol on August 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jae C. Hong-Pool via Getty Images)

Cindy McCain sits with her sons Jack, Jimmy, and daughter Meghan, right, during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on August 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ross D. Franklin-Pool via Getty Images)

Jack McCain, son of U.S. Senator John McCain, touches his father’s casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on August 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo by Ross D. Franklin / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROSS D. FRANKLIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Cindy McCain kisses his casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on August 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: ROSS D. FRANKLIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Cindy McCain touches the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on August 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jae C. Hong – Pool/Getty Images)

Meghan McCain grieves over the casket of her father during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on August 29, 2018 in Phoenix. (Photo: JAE C. HONG/AFP/Getty Images)

McCain will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Today would have been his 82nd birthday.