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08/29/2018 03:56 pm ET Updated Aug 29, 2018

Cindy McCain Kisses Husband John McCain's Casket During Arizona Service

The senator's daughter Meghan McCain was visibly emotional during the memorial in the state Capitol.

Cindy McCain, along with her family, honored her late husband, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), at a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday.

She sat with her family during the memorial service for her husband, who died Saturday at the age of 81. After speeches honoring him for his service to the country, Cindy McCain walked up to his flag-covered casket and gave it a small kiss. 

She expressed heartbreak on Twitter over her husband’s death, writing that she was “lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years” and sharing a photo of a floral arrangement placed at his seat in the U.S. Senate in memoriam.

Cindy McCain kisses the casket of her husband, Sen. John McCain, during a memorial service in Phoenix at the state Capitol, A
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Cindy McCain kisses the casket of her husband, Sen. John McCain, during a memorial service in Phoenix at the state Capitol, Aug. 29.
Cindy McCain
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Cindy McCain

Meghan McCain, the couple’s eldest child and a co-host of “The View,” was visibly emotional upon seeing her father’s casket brought into the rotunda, leaning on one of her brothers for support. She has been a public face for the family over the last year while John McCain battled cancer.

“I’m the luckiest person in the entire world,” she said when he was a guest on the show in October. “We are such a family that’s filled with blessings. We have such a bond and such a love, and I’m so grateful for that.” 

Another memorial will be held in Arizona for him on Thursday before his body is taken to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for a ceremony on Friday. 

See more photos from the service below. 

Members of the Arizona National Guard carry John McCain’s casket to the state Capitol Rotunda, followed by Cindy McCain
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Members of the Arizona National Guard carry John McCain’s casket to the state Capitol Rotunda, followed by Cindy McCain, Aug. 29.
(Front row, from left) Cindy McCain and her children Jack, Jimmy, Meghan and (second row, far right) Bridget McCain 
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(Front row, from left) Cindy McCain and her children Jack, Jimmy, Meghan and (second row, far right) Bridget McCain 
Cindy and Jack McCain
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Cindy and Jack McCain
Meghan McCain
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Meghan McCain
Mourners touch the casket during the memorial service.
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Mourners touch the casket during the memorial service.
Meghan McCain
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Meghan McCain
A guest pays his respects.
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A guest pays his respects.
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