PHOENIX (Tucson News Now) - Army Veteran John Graves said he just "felt compelled" to do something before the Arizona State Capitol Wednesday evening.
"I just feel that God's given me a gift, I always sing and I've always been in the church choir and I just felt that I needed to do something. That was my respect to him, to do that, now at this time," said Graves.
As many as 15,000 people visited the Arizona State Capitol Wednesday, waiting in hours-long lines in over 100 degree heat. Graves said he admired Senator McCain for the man he was.
"Heroism, the fact that he was able to bring people from both parties, Democrat and Republican, to see the real truth of the world, the real truth of how life is," said Graves. "A lot of politicians, they go from the surface. But this is a man that went deep within his heart, everything that he stood for, he was able to do that the whole time he was in office."
A public memorial service was held Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church.