Cindy McCain places wreath at Vietnam memorial

Cindy McCain, wife of late US Senator John McCain, leans over his casket as his body lies in state inside the US Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018. (Reuters pic)

WASHINGTON:  John McCain’s procession has made a stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the way to his service at Washington National Cathedral, and his wife, Cindy, has placed a wreath on the memorial.

She was accompanied by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who’s President Donald Trump’s chief of staff.

John McCain was a decorated veteran who was held for more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He refused early release.

At the cathedral, two former presidents, a pre-eminent diplomat and a former Senate colleague are among the speakers on the schedule.

Saturday’s service is the last for McCain in Washington. He’ll be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.