Photo essay: John McCain memorials and services

PHOENIX – Since news of Sen. John McCain’s death broke Saturday, Arizonans from all walks of life have shown their respect to the man who served his adopted state for nearly 40 years.

They wrote letters and left them outside his Phoenix office on Sunday. They stood in 104-degree heat Wednesday to pay tribute as he laid in state at the Capitol. And they waved flags Thursday outside Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as the military plane carrying McCain’s body left Arizona for Washington, D.C.

Here are some of the moments captured by Cronkite News photojournalists.

People pay their respects as Sen. John McCain lies in state at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday. (Photo by Jennifer Alvarez/Cronkite News)

Patriot Guard riders bow their heads in prayer as they prepare to set up a flag line along Rose Moffatt Way in front of the state Capitol. Riders say they attended at the request of McCain's family. (Photo by Nicole Neri/Cronkite News)

Members of the public who came to the Capitol to pay tribute leave their signatures in a guestbook that will be given to the McCain family. (Photo by Jennifer Alvarez/Cronkite News)

Patriot Guard rider Robi Campbell said the group's participation showed that “a whole nation cares that someone has signed on the dotted line to protect our freedoms and the way of life we know today.” (Photo by Nicole Neri/Cronkite News)

Lisa Whealy of Phoenix rests in the shade after paying her respects at the state Capitol Wednesday. She credits Sen. McCain's office with getting her disability benefits more than 20 years ago. (Photo by Anya Magnuson/Cronkite News)

John Caccitolo of Tucson plays with his 4-month-old son, Timothy, while waiting to pay respects. About 15,000 people filed through the Capitol rotunda Wednesday. (Photo by Nicole Neri/Cronkite News)

Antony Irby waits to pay his respects to Sen. McCain on Wednesday. By 2 p.m., the line stretched from the Capitol to the intersection of 16th Avenue and Jefferson Street. (Photo by Nicole Neri/Cronkite News)

The sun sets behind the state Capitol on Wednesday, which would have been McCain's 82nd birthday. (Photo by Nicole Neri/Cronkite News)

Cindy McCain arrives at the state Capitol to begin the funeral procession to North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday. (Photo by Celisse Jones/Cronkite News)

Members of the Arizona National Guard load McCain's casket into the hearse at the state Capitol on Thursday. (Photo by Celisse Jones/Cronkite News)

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers lead the motorcade at Central Avenue and Camelback Road. (Photo by Celisse Jones/Cronkite News)

Marine Tom Tsinnajinnie comforts Sherry Harvey as they watch the aircraft transporting McCain and his family depart for Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. As a wounded veteran, Tsinnajinnie said he identifies with McCain, who was tortured during more than five years of captivity in North Vietnam. (Photo by Celisse Jones/Cronkite News)

Well-wishers line the street as McCain's motorcade leaves the memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday. (Photo by Anya Magnuson/Cronkite News)

Samantha Wolfe and her 4-month-old daughter, Joelle, wait outside the church during the memorial service. (Photo by Anya Magnuson/Cronkite News)

Roberto Ongaro hoists the American flag as he and his wife, Jeannette, watch the motorcade as it heads to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Ongaro, who served in the military for 24 years, said he had a connection to McCain “and felt compelled to honor him today.” (Photo by Celisse Jones/Cronkite News)

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