“Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.”
-Senator John McCain, Faith of Our Fathers
McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer in the month of July 2017 He died Saturday, August 25, 2018 at age 81, four days before his 82nd birthday.
A few key highlight facts about our fallen hero
- McCain’s capture and subsequent imprisonment occurred on October 26, 1967. He was flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi. McCain fractured both arms and a leg when he ejected from the aircraft and nearly drowned after he parachuted into Trúc Bạch Lake. He is held as a POW for 5-1/2 years in captivity, of which two years in solitary confinement. He was subjected to frequent torture and beating that left him with a permanent disability.
- McCain enters politics as a U.S. Congressman in 1983 After returning home from his time as prisoner of war and working for his father-in-law’s company, Hensley & Co., as their vice president of public relations.
- He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, McCain made his decision to run for one of Arizona’s Senate seats. He becomes a U.S. Senator for Arizona which was the first of six Senate terms
- In the wake of the Keating scandal, McCain emerged as a leading Senate champion of campaign finance reform. Teaming up with his liberal Democratic colleague Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, he fought for seven years to see the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act—The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA, McCain–Feingold Act, Pub.L. 107–155, 116 Stat. 81, enacted March 27, 2002, H.R. 2356) is a United States federal law that amended the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which regulates the financing of political campaigns.
- September 4, 2008 – Accepts the Republican nomination for president at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.On 4 November 2008,he graciously conceded the election to Barack Obama in front of thousands of supporters in Phoenix.
July 25, 2017 – McCain lived up to his “maverick” reputation once again and returns to the Senate to cast his vote and Just before 2 a.m. ET July 28, 2017, McCain votes “no,” effectively shutting down the Republicans’ best chance of passing the Obamacare repeal bill. McCain said in a statement. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” … “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.
More facts and history about our fallen hero. A true patriot
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: pic.twitter.com/3GBjNYxoj5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2018
Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 26, 2018
"Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.” […] Full statement by President George W. Bush https://t.co/FQVYWIUyGL pic.twitter.com/W8LCxJXRLi
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) August 26, 2018
John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day. https://t.co/946T7PnG53
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) August 26, 2018