The time eventually came for the ceremony near the water to begin. The horse-drawn caisson with casket, followed by mourning family and friends, journeyed between saluting midshipmen who lined the side of the road leading to the cemetery. As the group arrived at McCain’s final resting place, four U.S. Navy F/A-18 jets flew in the missing man formation in his honor. The private ceremony couldn’t be overheard, but other symbols of honor for the prisoner of war who had given decades in public service were easily observed. Cannon blast concussions rang into the sky followed by a 19-gun salute.