Here’s Who is Attending McCain Memorial at National Cathedral

Former presidents, U.S. and foreign leaders, former POWs gather to send off longtime senator

Cindy McCain, wife of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., their daughter Meghan, sons Jimmy, a Marine, and Jack, a Navy officer, are seen Saturday as they wait for the senator’s casket to be carried in to his memorial ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Current and former U.S. and foreign leaders, much of official Washington and some of his fellow former Vietnam prisoners of war gathered at the National Cathedral in Washington on Saturday to celebrate the life of Sen. John McCain, who died on Aug. 25.

Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Sen. Joseph Lieberman will pay tribute to the longtime Arizona Republican senator during the service.

McCain was honored by dignitaries at the Capitol on Friday before it was opened to the public for a line of mourners who had waited out rain and humidity outside to file through and pay their respects.

McCainwill be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from which he graduated in 1958.

Here is who is attending Saturday’s service at the Washington National Cathedral:

Current and former U.S. leaders

  • Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Former Vice President Al Gore
  • Former Vice President Richard Cheney
  • Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
  • Former Secretary of State John Kerry
  • Former Sens. Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole
  • Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy
  • Former Rep. Gabby Giffords and Capt. Mark Kelly
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
  • Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Former Gov. Mitt Romney
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats
  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie
  • Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy Walter E Carter, Jr.
  • Former Secretary of Commerce Don Evans
  • Current and former members of Congress

Watch: Ryan, McConnell and Pence Honor McCain at the Capitol

Current and former foreign leaders

  • President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko
  • Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko
  • Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk
  • Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine and former Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Danylo Lubkivsky
  • Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg
  • Former Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen
  • President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela
  • Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili
  • Minority Leader of the Parliament of Georgia (UNM) David Bakradze
  • Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia (Dream Party) Tamar Chugoshvili
  • HE Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Al Thani
  • Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir
  • Director for International Affairs for the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland Witold Dzielski
  • Former President of Estonia Toomas Ilves
  • Defense Minister of Estonia Juri Luik
  • Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser
  • Former Canadian Minister of Defense and Member of Parliament Peter MacKay
  • Canadian Parliamentary Representative to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrew Leslie
  • Defense Minister of Canada Harjut Singh Sajjan
  • Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius
  • Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkevics
  • Former President of Colombia Jose Santos
  • President of the Bundestag (German Parliament) Wolfgang Schaeuble
  • Speaker of Taiwan Parliament Su Jia-chyuan
  • Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States Devinda Subasinghe

Watch: Veterans, Campaign Staffers, Liberals and Trump Fans All Braved the Weather to Honor McCain

Former POWs

  • Cmdr. Everett Alvarez Jr.
  • Gen. Charles Boyd
  • Col. Michael Brazelton
  • Capt. Gerald Coffee
  • Capt. Michael Cronin
  • Col. John Fer
  • Rear Adm. Robert Shumaker


  • Cindy McCain, wife
  • Roberta McCain, mother
  • Meghan McCain, daughter
  • Ben Domenech, son-in-law
  • Jack McCain, son
  • Rene McCain, daughter-in-law
  • Jimmy McCain, son
  • Holly McCain, daughter-in-law
  • Bridget McCain, daughter
  • Doug McCain, son
  • Ashley McCain, daughter-in-law
  • Caroline McCain, granddaughter
  • Shep McCain, grandson
  • Andy McCain, son
  • Lucy McCain, daughter-in-law
  • Margaret McCain, granddaughter
  • Andrew McCain, grandson
  • Sidney McCain, daughter
  • Jason Sweet, son-in-law
  • Joe McCain, brother
  • Sandy McCain Morgan, sister

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