PHOTOS: Sen. McCain honored at Washington Nat'l Cathedral ceremony

Family, friends celebrate the life of Sen. John McCain. (Source: Getty Images)

WASHINGTON D.C. (CNN) - Friends, family and former presidents gathered at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday to honor the life of the late Sen. John McCain.

The ceremony featured tributes from Republican former President George W. Bush, who prevailed over McCain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, and Democratic former President Barack Obama, who ran against McCain in the 2008 presidential election and won.

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The remarks from former Democratic and Republican presidents who were once rivals to McCain sent an unmistakable message of unity and bipartisanship at a time when Washington is deeply divided.

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McCain, who died at the age of 81 last Saturday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer, was an iconic figure in US politics. The Arizona Republican leaves behind a storied legacy of serving his country in Congress and in the military as a naval pilot.

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