Former U.S. Marine Jose Cordero Torres, 82, a Vietnam War veteran, salutes near the casket during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Ross D. Franklin/AP
Former U.S. Marine Jose Cordero Torres, 82, a Vietnam War veteran, salutes near the casket during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Ross D. Franklin/AP
Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., looks at the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., looks at the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
A motorcade carrying the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. travels from the Arizona Capitol to the North Phoenix Baptist Church for a memorial service. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
A motorcade carrying the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. travels from the Arizona Capitol to the North Phoenix Baptist Church for a memorial service. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
People watch a motorcade carrying the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as it travels from the Arizona Capitol to the North Phoenix Baptist Church. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
People watch a motorcade carrying the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as it travels from the Arizona Capitol to the North Phoenix Baptist Church. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Firemen watch a motorcade carrying the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. in Phoenix. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Firemen watch a motorcade carrying the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. in Phoenix. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
People watch the motorcade carrying the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. from the Arizona Capitol to the North Phoenix Baptist Church for a memorial service. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
People watch the motorcade carrying the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. from the Arizona Capitol to the North Phoenix Baptist Church for a memorial service. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Louis Albin, an artist in Phoenix and Navy veteran, displays his custom-made T-shirt, as he waited in line for the public viewing of the late Sen. John McCain outside the Arizona Capitol. The shirt, which features an image of a thumb-up covered in the stars and stripes of the flag, is a play on McCain's thumb-down vote that sank President Donald Trump's repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Albin turned the thumb up as a wink to McCain's vote, which Albin approved of. Picture: Jacques Billeaud/AP
Louis Albin, an artist in Phoenix and Navy veteran, displays his custom-made T-shirt, as he waited in line for the public viewing of the late Sen. John McCain outside the Arizona Capitol. The shirt, which features an image of a thumb-up covered in the stars and stripes of the flag, is a play on McCain's thumb-down vote that sank President Donald Trump's repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Albin turned the thumb up as a wink to McCain's vote, which Albin approved of. Picture: Jacques Billeaud/AP
The Arizona National Guard carries the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. during memorial service at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP
The Arizona National Guard carries the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. during memorial service at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP
The Arizona Department of Public Safety honour guard stands over the casket of Sen. John McCain. Picture: Matt York/AP
The Arizona Department of Public Safety honour guard stands over the casket of Sen. John McCain. Picture: Matt York/AP
Children of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., from back left Sidney McCain, Meghan McCain and her husband Ben Domenech, Bridget McCain, front centre and daughter-in-law Holly McCain, follow behind the casket into the Capitol rotunda. Picture: Matt York/AP
Children of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., from back left Sidney McCain, Meghan McCain and her husband Ben Domenech, Bridget McCain, front centre and daughter-in-law Holly McCain, follow behind the casket into the Capitol rotunda. Picture: Matt York/AP
Children of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., from back left, Sidney McCain, Meghan McCain and her husband Ben Domenech, Bridget McCain, and daughter-in-laws Holly McCain and Renee Swift, follow behind the casket into the Capitol rotunda. Picture: Matt York/AP
Children of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., from back left, Sidney McCain, Meghan McCain and her husband Ben Domenech, Bridget McCain, and daughter-in-laws Holly McCain and Renee Swift, follow behind the casket into the Capitol rotunda. Picture: Matt York/AP
Former U.S. Marine Jose Cordero Torres, 82, a Vietnam War veteran salutes near the casket during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Former U.S. Marine Jose Cordero Torres, 82, a Vietnam War veteran salutes near the casket during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
A former U.S. Marine salutes near the casket during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
A former U.S. Marine salutes near the casket during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
A former serviceman salutes near the casket during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
A former serviceman salutes near the casket during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
A guest pays their respects at the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)
A guest pays their respects at the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)
A serviceman salutes as he pays his respects at the casket of Sen. John McCain at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
A serviceman salutes as he pays his respects at the casket of Sen. John McCain at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Meghan McCain, daughter of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., touches the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)
Meghan McCain, daughter of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., touches the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)
Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. touches the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. touches the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Meghan McCain, daughter of, Sen. John McCain, cries at the casket of her father. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Meghan McCain, daughter of, Sen. John McCain, cries at the casket of her father. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Jack McCain, son of, Sen. John McCain, touches the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Ross D. Franklin/AP
Jack McCain, son of, Sen. John McCain, touches the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Ross D. Franklin/AP
Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. sits with her son Jack during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. sits with her son Jack during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Jae C. Hong/AP
The Arizona National Guard carries the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., into a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP
The Arizona National Guard carries the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., into a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Picture: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP

Phoenix — Arizonans lined the streets and mourners gathered at a church Thursday as a motorcade carrying Sen. John McCain's body left the state Capitol for a second day of memorial services for the maverick politician, former prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate.

People holding American flags and campaign signs with the word "McCain" stood along parts of the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route as the hearse made its way toward the North Phoenix Baptist Church for a commemoration featuring Vice President Joe Biden and other dignitaries.

A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass when the 11-vehicle motorcade with a 17-motorcycle police escort passed underneath on Interstate 17. Cars on the other side of the highway stopped or slowed to a crawl in apparent tribute.

McCain died last Saturday of brain cancer at 81.

During Wednesday's private service at the Capitol for family and friends, Cindy McCain pressed her face against her husband's coffin, and daughter Meghan McCain erupted in sobs.

McCain sons Doug, Jack and Jimmy, daughter Sidney and daughter-in-law Renee shook hands with some of the thousands of people who filed past the senator's flag-draped casket to pay their final respects.

About 1,000 seats for Thursday's church service were made available to members of the public who signed up.

Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church. The Marines veteran said he was also the fourth person in line Wednesday to attend the public viewing at the Capitol.

"He was about the only politician that I have ever known who cared for the people in his country, and he tried his level best to make it a better place in which to live," Fellars said.

Honour guard member Valentine Costalez praised McCain for championing the military during his Senate career.

"He's done so much for us," said Costalez, who stood watch earlier this week while McCain's body was at a funeral home.

A choir from the Jesuit-run Brophy College Preparatory school that two of McCain's sons attended was scheduled to sing "Amazing Grace" and "Arizona" during the church service.

The music chosen for the recession was Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way," paying tribute to a man who became known for following his own path based on his personal principles.

The much smaller service at the Capitol was filled with affecting moments and demonstrations of deep respect for the statesman and Navy pilot who was held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for 5½ years after being shot down over Hanoi.

Gov. Doug Ducey remembered McCain as "Arizona's favorite adopted son" on what would have been his 82nd birthday.

The Capitol was then opened to the public in the afternoon, allowing visitors to walk past the closed casket after waiting in line outside in temperatures that reached 104 degrees (40 Celsius).

Inside, former military members in shorts and T-shirts saluted. Others placed their hand over their heart or bowed, including Vietnamese-born residents who travelled from Southern California.

Ray Riordan, an 87-year-old Navy veteran who fought in the Korean War, came from Payson, Arizona.

"I grew up where a handshake was a contract and your word was your bond," Riordan said. "He represented the last of that as far as I'm concerned."

The McCain family said about 15,000 people in all came to pay their respects at the Capitol.

After Thursday's church service, a military aircraft was scheduled to take McCain's body back east for a lying-in-state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, a service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, and burial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

AP