John Sidney McCain III. When it comes to the dearly, departed senator, this is all you have to say: John McCain. John Sidney McCain. He was a Vietnam veteran, a war hero, a representative, a statesman, a loving husband, and a caring father. In essence, McCain was an officer and a gentleman. He won the hearts of Americans from sea to shinning sea by being honest and fair and genuine and gregarious.
John McCain stood for what’s right. And standing up for what’s right is the crux of sports and life. When the Viet Cong found out that his father was a U.S. Navy Admiral, they offered to released him, on the condition that he denounce U.S. involvement in the war. He refused. McCain refused to be released by his captors and so he remained a P.O.W. for five years. Thus, when McCain was released from captivity and put together a memorable polictical career, he staged one of the greatest comebacks of all time.
While Vietnam is what McCain will mostly be remembered for, I laud him for something just as significant. For me, McCain should be most remembered for recently standing up against the sitting, and his fellow republican, president who didn’t even have the decency or the common courtesy to pay tribute to this legend of a man.
On a positive note, Meghan McCain gave an emotional tribute to her father. At the Memorial Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., she stood, and with a halting voice, spoke lovingly of her dad. Meghan McCain told the story of when she was young how she fell from a horse and broke her collar-bone. McCain took his daughter to the doctor, got her patched up, and then, not much later, took her back to that same horse and made her ride again.
John McCain taught his daughter, and by extension he taught the rest of us, how to endure hardness. He taught us how to get back up and get back going. He taught us how to endure hardness, as good soldiers. He taught us that getting knocked down is a part of life. And he taught us that getting back up is the only way to win. To endure, to persevere, to fight and to stand up to foes and not stand down and not fear. That was John McCain.
Let’s all thank God for the example and legacy of John McCain.