The late Senator John McCain was buried today in a private ceremony at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, bringing to a close five days of events honouring the late Arizona Republican.

McCain, who died last month of brain cancer at age 81, was the son and grandson of four-star admirals and a 1958 graduate of the Naval Academy. He endured more than five years of torture and imprisonment as a POW in Vietnam.

The private memorial service was attended by McCain’s family, close friends, former classmates and military leaders. Among the expected speakers were longtime friend Senator Lindsey Graham, (R), retired army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus, and the senator’s son Jack McCain.

After the ceremony, McCain was to be laid to rest next to his Naval Academy classmate and friend Admiral Charles Larson.