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John McCain: An American Hero Laid to Rest

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YORK, PA - AUGUST 12: Republican Presidential Candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) speaks at a Town Hall Meeting while on the campaign trail in the Toyota Arena August 12, 2008 in York, Pennsylvania.

YORK, PA - AUGUST 12: Republican Presidential Candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) speaks at a Town Hall Meeting while on the campaign trail in the Toyota Arena August 12, 2008 in York, Pennsylvania.

William Thomas Cain

William Thomas Cain

YORK, PA - AUGUST 12: Republican Presidential Candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) speaks at a Town Hall Meeting while on the campaign trail in the Toyota Arena August 12, 2008 in York, Pennsylvania.

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This past weekend (8/25/18) John McCain, a great American, passed away. McCain served in the Vietnam war and became a POW. After being returned, he started his political career which spanned from 1987-2018 as a U.S. Senator. McCain ran for president against George W. Bush in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2008. McCain had a rare ability in today’s political society; he could compromise across the aisle. McCain could be described as a “True American Patriot.”

McCain came from a Navy family; his father and grandfather were the first duo in American history to be four-star US Navy admirals. McCain served in the Vietnamese War as a pilot. Shot down over Hanoi on October 26, 1967, McCain was captured by the Northern Vietnamese and held as a Prisoner of War for five years, according to Lily Rothman from Time Magazine. Also, when the Vietnamese learned of McCain’s patronage, they offered to set him free early; however he had no part of this realising that others needed to go before him. Rothman also states, “Asked to list the names of the men in his squadron, McCain instead listed the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers.”

Mr. Barnett said, “John McCain served our great Country for many years.  He served our country during the Vietnam War. He endured capture, torture and confinement for years as a result of his service.  His bravery and determination is wonderful example of the American spirit.”

After being returned, McCain began his political career as a Navy liaison. He then became the US Senator for Arizona’s first district. According to CNN, in the 90s’ Mccain worked to normalize trade with Vietnam with the help of John Kerry, a Democrat.  CNN also states that Mccain was elected four times throughout his career to the US Senate.

Mr. Wilson said, “He was always a voice of reason and I had great respect for the man and all he did for the country. Even if I did not always agree with what he was doing.”

Mr. Barnett also said, “My opinion of McCain is mixed.  I respect his bravery and service.  I also respect that he could work across both aisle to get things done in Congress.”

In 1993 McCain had a stage zero melanoma removed from his shoulder; the doctors said that it was of no long-term concern. This only marked only the beginning of a long battle with cancer. With several more operations, McCain lost his battle on August 25, 2018. On August 24 McCain decided to stop treatment allowing him time to make final preparations. Several politicians were invited to the funeral proceedings including the Obamas, Clintons, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, John Kelly and Jim Mattis, according to The Chicago Tribune. Our President Donald Trump, however, did not receive an invitation; in fact Meghan McCain, McCain’s daughter, made subtle comments that dug at Trump.

Mr. Barnett said, “I didn’t appreciate the reports that he doesn’t want our current President at this funeral.  For someone who put his Country first, I believe there shouldn’t be a divisive and vindictive spirit.  Whether one agrees or disagrees with the current administration, a funeral shouldn’t be a time for political statements or lack of unity.  There needs to be a respect for the office of the President and the other branches.”

McCain,  a great man, patriot, and american hero, accomplished many things with his work in the Senate. He will be dearly lost not only to conservative people but liberal politicians and people as well. His death should serve as a message that compromise never hurts, and many times if one can have a mutual respect for the opposing person, one can talk things through to benefit everyone. McCain’s service to our country will never be forgotten as well as his wise words and kindness that shed light throughout his career.

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3 Responses to “John McCain: An American Hero Laid to Rest”

  1. Caleb Johnson on September 5th, 2018 8:03 am

    Great job Carl! You used quotes from Mr. Barnett and Mr. Wilson which added to the credibility of your story. I thought you did nice job of explaining McCain’s life with the Navy as well. Nice Article!

  2. Ryne Birnell on September 5th, 2018 8:08 am

    Great article carl! you did a really nice job of telling Senator McCains story. He is a man to be missed.

  3. Annie Daily on September 5th, 2018 9:36 am

    This was a really good article! You went into his life and described it very well. He was such a geat person and the country will miss him.

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