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granny granny Acres the camera I am resurreccion and I am life says the Lord Whoever has faith in me shall have life even though he die and everyone so how’s life and has committed himself to me in faith shall not die forever as for me I know that my redeemer lives and that at the last he will stand upon the Earth after my Awakening he will raise me up and in my body I shall see God I myself shall see and behold him is my friend and not a stranger for none of us has life in himself and none becomes his own Master when he dies her if we have life we are alive in the Lord and if we die we die in the Lord so then whether we live or die we are the Lord’s possession Happy from now on our those who die in the Lord so it is says the spirit for they rest from their labors please be seated good morning my name is Randy how I am dean of Washington National Cathedral on behalf of Marianne buddy the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Washington and all of us who serve our Lord at this Cathedral welcome welcome to this house of prayer for all people it is an honour do Hostess service for Senator McCain to Senator McCain’s wife Cindy and his mother Roberta in the entire McCain family our hearts are with you and with all Lowe’s across our country and around the world who grieve the loss of this great American Patriot and Statesman today we give John Sidney McCain the 3rd back to the god of love gave him to us while we mourn his death our face tells us that Beyond this life there is indeed more life and God never lets us go so as the old prayer says We Gather to give thanks for all the goodness and courage that have passed from John McCain’s life into the lives of others and I’ve left the world are richer better place for his lifestyle ask faithfully and honorably discharged for Good Humor gracious affection kindly generosity for sadness met without Saran and weakness in door without defeat may the Lord bless him and keep him this day and always thank you the world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it when Ernest Hemingway’s Robert Jordan at the closed for whom the lights wanted and waiting for his last fight these are among his final thought my father had every reason to think the world was an awful place my father had every reason to think the world was not worth fighting for my father had every reason to think the world was worth leaving he did not think any of those things like the hero of his favorite book John McCain took the opposite view you had a lot of luck to have had such a good life I am here before you today saying the words I have never wanted to say giving the speech I have never wanted to give feeling the Lost I have never wanted to feel my father is gone John Sidney McCain the 3rd with many things he was a sailor he was an aviator he was a husband he was a warrior he was a prisoner he was a hero he was a congressman he was a Senator he was a nominee for president of the United States these are all the titles and the roles of a life and well live they are not the greatest of his titles nor the most important of his roles he was a great man We Gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness the real thing not sheep rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served he was a great why are who burns Bryant in a past few days my family and I have heard from so many of those Americans who stood in the warmth and light of his fire founded illuminated what is best then we are grateful to them because they are grateful to him if you have resented that fire that lytic have to pawn them for the truth is revealed about their character but my father never cared what I bought an even that small numbers still have the opportunity as long as they draw breath to live up to the example of John McCain my father was a great man he was a great warrior Great American I admired him for all of these things but I love him because he was a great father my father knew what it was like to grow up in the shadow of great he did just as his father had done before him he was the son of a great Admiral who is also the son of a great Admiral and when it came time for the third John Sidney McCain to become a man he had no choice but in his own eyes in those exact same has he had to become a sailor he had to go to war he had to have his shot at becoming a great Admiral as they also had done the past of his father and grandfather LED my father directly to the herald angel of the Hanoi Hilton this is the public legend that is John McCain this is where all the biographies the campaign literature and public remembrances they he showed his character his patriotism his face and his endurance in the worst possible circumstances this is where we learned who John McCain’s really was and all of that is very true except for the last part today I want to share with you where I found out was John McCain’s really was wasn’t in the Hanoi Hilton it wasn’t in the cockpit of a fast and lethal fighter jet it wasn’t on the high seas or on the campaign Trail John McCain wasn’t all of those places with the best of him was somewhere else the best of John McCain the greatest of his titles and the most important of his rolls was as a father Imagine The Warrior the night of the Skies gently carrying his little girl to bed Imagine The Dashing aviator who took his aircraft hurdling off pitching deck and the South China Seas kissing a hurt when I fell and skinned my knee imagine the distinguish Statesman who Council presidents and the powerful singing with his little girl in Oak Creek during a rainstorm to Singing in the Rain imagine the senator Sears contents of the nation’s best self taking his 14 year old daughter out of school because he believes that I would learn more about America at the Town Hall to be held across the country imagine the elderly veteran award whose wisdom and courage were sought by the most distinguished men of our time with his eyes shining with happiness is he gave his Blessing for his grown daughters marriage you all have to imagine that I don’t have to because I looked at all I know who he was I know what to find him I got to see it every single day of my blessed life John McCain with not defined by prison by the Navy by the Senate by the Republican party or by any single one of the deeds and he’s absolutely extraordinary Life John McCain as defined by love several of you out there in the pews who Crossed Swords with him or found yourselves on the receiving end of his famous temper or wear it across purposes to him on nearly anything or right at this moment doing her best to stay stone-faced don’t you know full well that is John McCain were in your shoes here today she be using some salty word he learned in the Navy will my mother job him in the arm and embarrassment he looked back at her and Grumble and maybe stop. Stop talking but he would keep running she was the only one who could do that on their first date when he still did not know what sort of woman she was here excited to Robert service poem to her called The Cremation of Sam McGee about an Alaskan prospector who welcomes his cremation as the only way to get warm in the ice North there strange things done in the Midnight Sun by The Men Who moil for gold the Arctic Trail Heather secret tails that would make your blood run cold he had learned it in Hanoi a prisoner in the next cell had wrapped it out in code over and over again during the long years of captivity my father figure that if Cindy Lou Hensley would sit through that and appreciate the dark humor that had seen him through so many years of cool imprisonment she just might sit for a lifetime with him as well and she did John McCain was defined by Love This Love of my father from my mother was the most fierce and Lasting of them all mom let me tell you what love meant to John McCain and to me his love with the love of a father who mentors as much as he Comforts he was endlessly present for us and no we did not always understand she was always teaching he didn’t expect us to be like him his Ambitions for us unmoored from any world the achievement was to be better than him arm long before we weren’t even old enough to have assembled our own as a girl I did not fully appreciate what I most fully appreciate now how he suffered and how he bore it with silence that was once the mark of American man I came to appreciate it first when he demanded of me I was a small girl thrown from a horse and crying from a busted collarbone my dad picked me up he took me to the doctor and he got me all stop then he immediately took me back home and made me get back on that very same horse I was furious at him as a child but how I love him for it now my father new pain suffering with an intimacy and immediacy that most of us are blessed never have endured he was shot down he was crippled he was beaten he was starved he was tortured and he was humiliated that pain never left him the cruelty communist captors and sure that he would never raise his far arms above his head for the rest of his life yet he survived yet he endured yet he Triumph and there was this man we’ve been through all that with a lid girls who simply didn’t want to get back on her horse he could have sat me down and told me all of that and made me feel small because my complaint and my fear was nothing next to his pain in memory instead he made me feel loved make it he said just quiet voice that spoke with authority and menu confessed obey get back on the horse I did because I was a little girl I resented it now that I open I look back across that time and see the expression on his face when I climb back up and wrote again and I see the pride and love in his eyes as he said nothing is going to break you put the rest of my life whenever I fall down I get back up whenever I am hurt I drive on whenever I am brought low I Rise that is not because I am uniquely virtuous or strong or resilient it is simply because my Father John McCain was when my father got sick I asked him what he wanted me to do with this eulogy he said show them how tough you are that is what love meant to John McCain love my father also meant caring for the nation and trusted to him my father the true son of his father and grandfather was born into an enduring sense of the hard one character of American greatness and was convinced of the need to defend it which porosity and face John McCain was born in a distant and now bank which Outpost of American power and he understood America as a sacred trust you understood our Republican and responsibilities even before it defends its right he knew navigating the line between good and evil was often difficult but always symbol he grasped that our purpose and our meeting was rooted in a missionary responsibility stretching back centuries just as the first Americans looked upon a new world full of potential for Grand experiment in Freedom and self-government so their descendants have a responsibility to defend the old world from it self the America of John McCain of the America of the Revolution Fighters with no stomach for the summer Soldier and the Sunshine Patriot making the world a new with a belt of Liberty the American John McCain is the America of Abraham Lincoln the feeling the promise of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and suffering greatly to see it through the America of John McCain is the America of the boy to rush the colors in every war across three centuries knowing in them is the life of the Republic and particularly those by their daring as Ronald Reagan said gave up their chance of being husbands and fathers and grandfathers and gave up their chance to be revered old me America John McCain is yes the America Vietnam fighting a fight even in the most foreign-born cause even in the most Grim circumstances even in the most distant and hostile corner of the world standing even defeat for the life and Liberty of other peoples in other lands the America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold she is resourceful and confident and secure she meets her responsibilities she speaks quietly because she is strong America does not both because she has no need to the America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great that prevent face that proven devotion that Abiding Love That is what drove my father from the fiery skies above the Red River delta to the brink of the presidency self-love defined my father as a young man he wondered if you would measure up to his distinguished lineage I miss him so badly I want to tell him that you did but I take small comfort in this somewhere in the great beyond for the Warriors go there to Admiral’s of the United States meeting their much-loved son they’re telling him he is the greatest among them that I love you did I am all that I hope all that I dream is grounded and what you taught me you loved me and you showed me what love must be an ancient Greek historian wrote that the image of Great Men is woven into the stuff of other men’s lives to have your greatness is woven into my life it is woven into my mother’s life is woven into my sister’s life and it is pouring into my brother’s life it is woven into the life and Liberty of the country you sacrificed so much to defend Dad I know you were not perfect we live in an era where we knocked down American heroes for all their imperfections when no leader wants to admit to falzar failure you were an exception and you gave us an ideal to strive for look you can see this Gathering here in this container Old Nation. Remember you like so many other Heroes you even straighten the flag you loves you defended it who sacrificed it you’ll always honored it it is good to remember but we are Americans we don’t put our heroes on pedestals just remember them we raise them up because you want to emulate their virtues this is how we honor them and this is how we will honor you my father is gone my father is gone from my sorrow is a mess but I know his life and I know it was great because it was good and as much as I hate to see him go I do know how it ended I know on the afternoon of August 25th in front of Oak Creek in Cornville Arizona surrounded by the family he loves so much and old man took off the scars of battle one last time and a Rosa new man Pilot One Last Flight up and up and up busting clouds left and right straight on through to the kingdom of heaven and you slipped the Earthly bonds put out his hand and touched the face of God and love you Dad from Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson under the Y Starry Sky dig the grave and Let Me Lie glad we did I live in gladly die and I laid me down with the will be that’s the verse you get a grave for me here he lies where you long to be home is the Sailor home from the sea and the hunter home from the hill Cindy McCain on the wonderful McCann family presidents Clinton in Obama’s secretaries Kissinger in Clinton all the other honored guests that are here ladies and gentlemen becoming John McCain’s friend is one of the great blessings of my life being asked to pay tribute to him today is one of the great honors and for that I thank Cindy and the entire McCain family and I also want to thank them putting his mother his brother his sister the seven wonderful children for the love and support you gave John throughout his life and his service none more than in the last year of his life can you send a have been absolutely thank you have been absolutely saintly and we his friends cannot thank you enough is a special satisfaction that comes from serving a cause greater than yourself I heard John say those words hundreds of times particularly young people and you all heard them a lot as well but for him we know they are not just words in a speech they were the Creed that he live by and the greater cause to which he devoted his life was America not so much the country Define borders but the America of our founding values Freedom human rights opportunity democracy and equal justice under law in John’s life he normally serve and advanced these American values and remarkably his death seems to have reminded the American people values are what makes us a great nation not the tribal partisanship and personal attack politics that have recently characterized our life this week celebration of the life and values and patriotism of this hero I think you’re taking our country above all that in a way it’s the last great gift of John McCain gave America and I want to suggest today that we can give a last great gift to him which is to nurture these values and take them forward to the years ahead to make America the better country John always knew it could be I pray that we will and I ask you to do so as well let me try to pay tribute to this great man by the scribing and sharing stories from our friendship which began in the early 1990s as part of a bipartisan pushing our government to stop the aggression and Slaughter in Bosnia and then we began to collaborate on a lot of bipartisan legislation but really our friendship deep and then our travels together around world with our third Amigo Lindsey Graham when you traveled with John even with Lindsay along the purpose was not to have fun in fact sometimes it seems the purpose of just to survive the schedule he had organised John had a Restless energy every day including the days we travel to get the most out of every day he possibly could and he did and so did we who were privileged to know him John traveled to learn so he could be a better Senator he traveled to represent America as best he could wear we went and he did and he traveled to support the men and women of our armed services weather in war are at peace wherever they were and they in turn welcomed him in not just respect what or as the hero John McCain was is and always will be in shared experiences and one conversations these trips John and I got to know and trust each other as friends in a way that doesn’t happen because it can happen much anymore in the frenetic Washington life of senators are French you taught me many things including I must add some jokes that I otherwise never would have known John love to laugh and make others laugh we found a joke that people liked he told it over and over and over again one of my favourites was about the two inmates going through the food line for dinner at State Penitentiary one says to the other the food is terrible here in the other says it was a lot better when I was governor I heard that one often and I laugh every time because John left so hard every time he told it the range of John find interest in experience was impressive and often surprising you couldn’t characterize this man he love to read history and fiction and talk about it are you about it he had a pervasive Cassidy about just about everything in life you love the outdoors and all of God’s creatures large and small who live there most people would be surprised by how much pleasure this combative Senator got from watching the hummingbirds at the McCain family home outside Sedona Arizona but of course John’s Greek strength was his character he was honest fair and civilized in all the times we were together I never heard him say a bigoted word about anyone the American people sauce great quality most clearly during the 2000 campaign when that woman made an offence of statement against then Senator Barack Obama to me what was most impressive about John’s reaction was it it was pure reflex it was who John was he didn’t need a consult anyone he immediately defended his opponents name and honor and thereby elevated for that moment are politics and and made us a more perfect personally I could tell you that John was a real friend in accommodating what to him were my unusual practices as a religiously observing to whether it was walking with me on a sad to an important meeting or turning down a popular Friday night dinner invitation at the Munich security conference we went to every year because it was too far to walk that we would stay in the hotel and have one learn to call our Shalom Shabbat dinners peaceful Sabbath dinners and ask for friendship worry about what I was putting him through you know right now I think he’s probably deriving some pleasure from the fact that it turned out that his funeral was held on a Saturday and I had to walk to get here I’m sure if if you were right now you tell me that that was divine Justice he ultimately as he did with so much of his life turn these Interfaith experiences into a truly hilarious comedy routine it began with a solemn for Announcement by John that he was converting to Judaism then he explained much less solemnly I do this not because of any particular liking for the religion it’s just it for so many years I’ve had to go along with all of Joe’s religious nonsense that I might as well converting benefits one of his favorite targets was the Sabbath elevators and is really hotels which are pre-programmed to stop at every floor you know John had many virtues but page this was not one of them there for Verizon or Shabbat elevators were not the happiest times we spent together I say this both to say in stories how full and genuine was John’s acceptance of my religious practices which were different from what he knew but also to make a larger point because I can’t everything we did together around the world in here in Washington and across America he showed that same acceptance respect curiosity about please religious observances in about everything else about them that was different from himself and his own experiences I’ve said that the patient’s was one virtual John didn’t forgiveness was a great virtue he did have and here’s a story to make the clear once on a trip to Hanoi as we were touring the Hanoi Hilton the crowd of Vietnamese hey guys John and they began to chant wildly Mac chain Mac chain they wanted to take his pictures and have them sign autographs when it was over I asked them why you got such a rockstar reception in Hanoi and with classic directness he said well first yards because they’ve been taught that I was treated a lot better here I really was then second it’s because of the normalization of relations between the US and Vietnam well that was a classic make an understatement along with President Clinton and John John McCain was the leader in Congress in bringing about the normalization of relations between the US and Vietnam an extraordinary Act of personal forgiveness when you consider what the Vietnamese did to during his five and a half years as a prisoner of war after his injuries in Vietnam he could not pursue his Ambitions in the Navy so we turnt the government service this is greater American cause I didn’t know but I don’t think from what I’ve heard that he was born with the natural skills of a legislator and yet he learned them and became a great one the new went to be irascible in a movable and went to negotiate and compromise to get something done he regularly reached across party lines because he knew that was the only way to sell problems and seize opportunities for the people of our country in his State as a result is legislative record is extremely impressive he also fought and lost big battles to stop climate change to close the gun-show loophole to broadly reform our immigration laws but that never seem to get them down or diminishes weather for the next battle he love to win but he also love the good fight for a just cause even if it didn’t succeed overall he won many more than he lost and all of his big wins were achieved with by Artisan support in 2008 when John was the Republican nominee for president he had this far-out idea of asking a Democrat to be his running mate let me explain it to you as he did when he first talked to me about it I said you know Jen I’m really honored but I don’t see how you can do it even though I won my last election as an independent I’m still a registered Democrat and John’s response was direct and really ennobling that’s the point Joe he said with a certain impatience you’re a Democrat or a Republican we could give her a country the bipartisan leadership it needs for a change when should I return to the Senate after a surgery last summer and voted against the Republican health-care bill some people accuse them of disloyal to his party and the president but that was not the case if you listen to the speech he gave that day you’ll know it was not the case that speech made it clear that his vote was not really against that bill but against the Mindless partisanship that has taken control of both of our political parties and our government and produced totally one-sided responses to complicated National problems like healthcare and of course he was right in his remarks last July John also spoke eloquently of our position in the world of America’s continuing response for principal leadership in the world it was as if he thought that might be one of his last best opportunities to move his colleagues and his country it’s a speech worth reading but I just want a quote one sentence what greater cause could we hope to serve then helping keep America the strongest firing inspirational Beacon of Liberty and dignity and defender of the Dignity of all hue beans that in short was the McCain American foreign policy moral engaged and strong and again these words were not just rhetoric John he acted on them he lived them in our travels around the world I could tell you he always reassured our allies and unsettled or enemies standing for America’s best values attacking military and government’s weather in Moscow Tehran Pyongyang or anywhere else if we were going to a country that was not fully free John insisted that we meet with the local human rights activist as well as the government I will never forget that day and me and Mark during the military dictatorship there we met three men who had just been released from local prison and show terrible signs of physical and psychological abuse and yet they told us that they would never have survived if they had not heard in jail that the Great American Senator John McCain had supported their claws red their names on the US senate floor and demanded their release on another occasion we visited a refugee camp for syrians who have been forced out of their country into turkey by the brutal aggression of us outside the Arabians and the Russians we were the first members of Congress to visit that camp there was some concern about the reception we would receive earlier in the day infected official of the UN dad been there and was booed and had shoes thrown at him when we arrive a large crowd of Syrian refugees had form and was infect chanting but rather than bullying and throwing shoes they were cheering and cheering cheering enchanting words of welcome and thanks and the two words they chanted most we’re John McCain what is most remarkable these two stories and I could tell you anymore is how unremarkable they are and that’s because the name John McCain based on the actions of the man John McCain had become a source of Hope and inspiration for a press people throughout the world as it was a source of security for Allied countries that share our values One Last Story one of John’s favorite cities in the world was Jerusalem and one of his favorite things to do there was to stand on the balcony with Lindsay and me Alvaro Hotel looking out at the Old City And discussing all the religious and political history that happened there over the centuries so when I first told John that I had decided not to run for the Senate of in 2012 he was puzzled and frankly even a little bit angry but then the next day he called me and this is my best recollection of the conversation he said you know I’ve been thinking if you go out into the private sector you’re going to make some more money and then you and her. So I can afford to buy a second home in Jerusalem that has a neck no room for me where the balcony where we could look out and talk about that City and its history was since then when I talked to John or visited with you would ask me Joey have you made enough money yet to buy that place in Jerusalem and I dancer not yet Johnny but I’m getting closer now sadly faith has intervene before we could realize that dream but I am comforted by the fact that you rusalem is not just a holy and his storage City it is also The Visionaries symbol of the dreams that all people share and the destiny that we all desire it is the original Heavenly shining City on the hill in that sense for many people in the life of the spirit Jerusalem The Shining City on the Hill are really having and it is to that Heavenly Jerusalem where I am confident the soul of John Sidney McCain the third is going now and I want to imagine that there’s going to be beautiful home waiting for him there where the balcony from which he can contemplate The Shining City and hopefully Inspire us here on Earth to conduct ourselves with just some of the patriotism principles and courage the characterize his magnificent life of Service to America and to so many noble cause is greater than himself godspeed your friend May Angels Sing you to your Eternal home country has that the good fortune that at times of national try a few great personalities every moods the reminder about your sense of unity and inspired us to fulfill our sustaining values was one of those gifts of Destiny I met John for the first time in April 1973 exception for prisoners returned from captivity in Vietnam he had been much on my mind during the negotiations to end the Vietnam War probably also because his father then Commander in Chief of the Pacific command when breathing the president answered references to his son by saying only I pray for him in the McClain’s family national service was its own reward that did not allow foot special treatment I started fed Wendy’s Vietnamese captors Final Phase of negotiations offer to delete John so that he could return with me on the official plane it it brought me to annoy against all my instinct I think them for the offer but refused it I wonder what John would say when we finally met its cleaning mosports self-effacing and movie thank you for saving my he did not tell me then whatever that he had had an opportunity to be freed usually Butthead refused decision for which she had to endure additional periods of isolation and Hot Chip no did he ever speak captivity again half-century of close friendship John’s I’m creating a better future as a senator he supported the restoration of relations with Vietnam help bring it about on a bipartisan pages in the Clinton Administration and became one of The Advocates of reconciliation with this anime Anna was done for the day it is not a bigger Jerry it has no written code it’s flex and invade compulsion free of self-interest it fulfills a car’s not a personal ambition what is it ciety look for Beyond and it says it is of the moment makes life possible I know and no booted for John it was a way of life John Return To America divided over the presidency divided over the world and it’s all the trim and Civic Andres divided over the best way to protect our country and over whether it should be respected for its power or its ideal came back from the war and declared that this is a false Choice America order to itself to embrace strengths and ideas in decades of congressional service exponent of an America strong enough to Vindicated its bubus but John believed in a compassionate America Kevin Play Guided by core principles for which American foreign policy must always there with liberty and justice for all it’s not an empty sentimentale guilt it is the foundation of our national consciousness 2 John American villages at Universal applicability I do not believe he said it didn’t send exception anymore and there is a plaque exception except he won against the temptation of withdrawal from the world we will not drive in the world middle leadership and ideas at action we would not deserve it in this manner John McCain’s name became synonymous with animatic I said reach out to apply to powerful to be lover and give hope do the oppressed John whenever academic maxims he was in the front lines of all these battles what decency and freedom he wasn’t engaged Warrior fighting for his causes visible Williams and with humility to the limit of the feasible and sometimes miraculously be on it John was all about though in the commencement speech at Ohio Wesleyan University the essence of his engagement of a lifetime no one of us if they have character leaves behind a wasted life like like people of my age I feel a longing but if they happy pursue and Casual beauty of use prove it female something better going into it until the last moment on Earth and that is why I never even at the moment in our life when we sacrifice for something greater than ourselves inspired Us by the effectiveness of deceptive ice and elevate will be lonely without you and his instinctive sense of moral duty none of us will ever forget how are you John has bestowed on us a much-needed moment of unity and they did nude face in the possibilities of Head sports the country’s honor is Alice sending in the McCain family I am honored to be with you offer my sympathies and to celebrate a great life the nation joined your extraordinary family in grief and gratitude for John McCain some lies are so vivid is difficult to imagine them ended some boys are so vibrant and distinctive it’s hard to think of them stilled a man who seldom rested is laid and his absence is tangible like the silence after a mighty Roar thing about John’s life was amazing sweep of it from a tiny prison cell and Viet to the floor of the United States Senate from troublemaking plebe presidential candidate wherever John pass through out the world people immediately knew that was a leader in matched in one Epic life was written the courage and greatness of our country for John and me there was a personal Journey or hard-fought political history back in the day he could frustrate me and I know he could say the same thing about me but he also made me better in recent years we sometime talk about intense. Like football players remembering a big game in the process rivalry melted away in the end I got to enjoy one of life’s great gifts the Friendship of John McCain and I’ll missing moments before my last debate ever with Senator John Kerry and Phoenix are trying to gather awesome thoughts in the holding room I felt a presence open my eyes and 6 inches from my face with McCain who yelled relax relax John was above all a man with a code he lived by a set of public virtues that brought strengthen purpose to his life who is country he was courageous with a courage that’s riding his captors and inspired his countrymen he was honest no matter whom it offended presidents were not he was honorable always recognizing that his opponents were still Patriots in human beings he loves Freedom with the passion of a man who knew its absence he respected the dignity inherit and every life addiction see that does not stop at Borders and cannot be erased by dictators perhaps above all John to tested the abuse of power could not abide bigots and swaggering despotes it was something deep inside him that made him stand up for the little guy just be for forgotten people in forgotten places one friend from the Naval Academy days recalls how John while a lowly plebe reacted to seeing an upperclassman verbally abuses Steward guess all tradition he told a jerk to pick on someone his own size it was a camellia refrain during the six Decades of service where does that strengthen conviction come from perhaps from a family where honor was in the atmosphere or from the first hand experience cruelty which left physical reminders that lasted his whole life or from some deep well of moral principle whatever the cause it was just combination of courage and decency that defined a John calling and so closely paralleled the calling of this country this combination of courage and decency that makes the American Military something new in history and unrivaled power for good just combination of courage and decency to set America on a journey into the world deliberate death camps just stand guard against extremism into work for the true peace that comes only with freedom John felt these commitments in his bones it is a tribute to his moral compass that dissidents and prisoners in so many places from Russia to North Korea to China knew that it was on their side and I think they’re respect meant more to him than any medals in honors life could bring the passion for fairness and Justice extended to her own military when a private was poorly equipped or Seaman was overworked and terrible conditions John enjoyed nothing more than dressing down an admiral or general you remain the trouble simply to the end ocean political power not exempt at various points throughout his long career John confronted policies and practices that he believed or Unworthy of his country to the face of those in Authority John McCain would insist we are America is better than this John is he the first to tell you was not a perfect man but he dedicated his life to National ideals that are as perfect as men and women have yet to he was motivated by a vision of America carried ever forward every up ever upward on the strength of his principles he saw our country not only as a physical place or power but is the carrier of enduring human aspirations as an advocate for the oppressed as a defender of the piece as a promise unwavering undimmed unequal the strength of a democracy is renewed by reaffirming the principles on which it was founded in America somehow was always found leaders who were up to that task took Lee at the time of greatest need John was born to meet that kind of challenge to defend and demonstrate the defining ideals of our nation before ever tempted to forget who we are to grow weary of our cause John’s voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder We Are Better Than This America is better than this John was a Restless Soul he really didn’t glory and success or wallow in Failure cuz he was all go on to the next thing friend said he can’t stay in the same experience one of his books ended with the words and I moved on John has moved on he would probably not want us to dwell on it but we are better for his presence Among Us the world is smaller for his departure and we will remember him as he was unwavering on dimmed unequal the John’s beloved family Cindy and the McCain children present Bush Clinton Vice President Biden vice president Cheney Vice President Gore and as John would say my friends we’ve come to celebrate an extraordinary man Warrior the Statesman the Patriot embodied so much that is best in America President Bush and I are among the fortunate few who competed against John at the highest levels of politics he made us better presents just as he made the Senate better just says he made this country better so for someone like John to ask you while he’s still alive to stand and speak of him when he’s gone is a precious and singular honor sadness and also a certain surprise but after our conversation ended I realize how well it captured some of John’s essential qualities to start with John like being unproductive even loyal contrarian you have no interest in conforming to some pre-packaged version of what a senator should be and he didn’t want a memorial going to be pre-packaged either and also show John’s the stain for self-pity you’ve been to Hell and back and yet somehow never lost is energy or his optimism or his zest for life so cancer did not scare him and he would maintain that boy and spirit the very end to stop Splitsville opinionated as ever Pierce Lee devoted to his friends and most of all to his family it showed his irreverence the sense of humor a little bit of mr. the street after all what better way to get a last lap in the make George and I say nice things about him to a national artist and most of all it showed a large mrs. spirit an ability to see past differences in search of common ground and in fact on the surface John and I could not have been more different we’re different Generations I came from a broken home and never knew my Father John was the Scion of one of America’s most distinguished military families I have a reputation for keeping cool John not so much we were standard-bearers a different American political traditions and throughout my presidency John never hesitate to tell me when he thought I was screwing up which by his calculation was about once a day but for all our difference for all the times we sparked I never tried to hide and I think John came to understand the long-standing admiration that I had for him by his own account. a rebellious young man in his case that’s understandable what faster way to distinguish yourself when you’re the son and Grandson of Adam eventually though he concluded that the only way to really make his mark on the world is to commit to something bigger than yourself and for John. Men answering the highest of college Vernon’s kuntry in a time of War others this week and this morning if spoken to the depths of his torment and the depth of his courage bear in the cells of Hanoi when day after day year after year that youthful iron was tempered into Steel next to mine something that Hemingway wrote In the book that Megan refer to his favorite book today is only one day and all the days that will ever be but what will happen and all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today in captivity John learned in ways that few of us ever will the meaning of those Works how each moment each day each choice is a test and John McCain past that test again and again and again that’s why when John spoke of Virtues like service and Duty it didn’t ring holla then we’re just words to him it was a truth that he had left which he was prepared to die and it forced even the most cynical to consider what were we doing for our country what might we risk everything for and much has been said this week about what a Maverick John was in fact John was a pretty conservative got trust me I was on the receiving end of some of those boats but he did understand it some principles politics did some values transcend party he considered it part of his duty to uphold those principles and uphold those John cared about the institutions of self-government or Constitution or Bill of Rights rule of law separation of powers we are cane rules and procedures of the Senate he knew that in a nation as big and boisterous and diverse as ours those institutions those rules those Norms are what bind us together I give shape and order to our common life even when we disagree especially when we disagree John believe in honest argument and hearing other views you understood that if we get in the habit of bending of the truth to suit political expediency or party are Doxie or democracy will not work that’s why I was willing to Buck his own party at times occasionally work across the aisle on campaign Finance reform that’s why you Champion a free and independent press is vital to our democratic debate and the fact that addendum Jon understood as JFK understood as Ronald Reagan understood that part of what makes our country great is that our membership is based not on our bloodline not on what we look like with our last name sorry not based on where our parents or grandparents came from or how recently they arrived put on and he runs to a common creep that all of us are created be endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights been mentioned today and we seen footage this week of John pushing back against supporters Who challenged my patriotism during the 2008 campaign I was grateful but I wasn’t surprised that’s Joe Lieberman said it was John’s instant I never saw John treat anyone partly because of their race or religion or gender and I’m certain that in those moments would have been referred to during the campaign he saw himself as America’s character not just free considered it the imperative of every citizen who loves this country to treat all people fairly I’m finally wall John and I disagreed on all kinds of foreign policy we stood together on America’s role as the one in to spend the formation believe the great power and great blessings comes great responsibility that burden is born most heavily by our men and women in uniform service members like Jimmy and Jack will follow their Father’s Footsteps as well as the families who serve alongside our troops but John understood that our security on our influence was one not just by our military might not just buyer our wealth by our ability to bend others to our will but for my pacity to inspire others with a set of universal values rule of law human rights and insistence on the god-given Dignity of every human being of course John was the first to tell us that was not perfect like all of us to go into public service he did have an ego like all of us there was no doubt some boats he casts some compromises he struck some decisions he made that you wish you could have back it’s no secret it’s been mentioned that he had a temper it was a force of nature a Wonder to behold his jaw grinding his face reading his eyes boring a hole right through you not that I ever experienced it firsthand but you know John wants to know that as quick as his passions might flare you just as quick to forgive and ask for you know more than most his own faults in his blind spots they knew how to laugh at himself and that’s self-awareness made him all the more compelling no we didn’t advertise it but every so often over the course of my presidency John would come over to the White House and we just sit and talk in the Oval Office Just the Two of Us we talked about policy and we talked about family and we talked about the state of our politics and our disagreement go away during these private conversations those were real and they’re off and deep but we enjoyed the time we shared away from the bright lights and we laughed with each other from each other we never doubted the other man since Saturday or the other man’s patriotism were there when all was said and done we were on same team we never doubted we were on the same team for all of our differences we shared a Fidelity to the ideals for which generations of Americans have marched and fought and sacrificed and given their lives we consider it our political battles a privilege an opportunity to serve as Stewart’s of those ideals here at home and to do our best to advance them around the world we saw this country is a place where anything is possible instead of citizenship as an obligation to ensure it forever remains that way and more than once during his career John Drew comparisons to Teddy Roosevelt I’m sure it’s been noted that Roosevelt man in the arena oration seems Taylor to jump most of you know it Roosevelt speaks of those who strive who dare to do great things but sometimes when and sometimes come up short but always relish a good fight a contrast to those cold timid Souls who know neither Victory nor defeat isn’t that the spirit we celebrate this week that striving to be better to do better to be worthy of the great inheritance that our Founders bestowed so much of our politics our public life our public discourse can seem small and me and petit crafting and bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage but the politics that pretends to be brave and tough but in fact is born of fear John called on us to be bigger than that be called on us to be better than that today is only one day and all the days that will ever be but what will happen in all the other days it will ever come can depend on what you do today what better way to honor John McCain’s life is service it’s best we can follow his example the prove that the willingness to get in the arena and fight for this country is not reserved for the few it is open to all of us and in fact it’s demanded of all of us as citizens of this great Republic that’s perhaps all we honor and best by recognizing that are some things bigger than party or ambition or money or fame or power but there’s some things that are worth risking everything full principles that are Eternal truce there are biting at his best John showed us what that means for that we are all deeply in his deck may God bless John McCain my God bless this country you serve solo let us prey God of Grace & Glory we remember before you this day our brother John we thank you for giving him to us his family and friends to know and to love as a companion on our Earthly Pilger in your boundless compassion console us who mourn give us Faith to see in death the Gate of eternal life so that in quiet confidence we making 2 hour course on Earth until buy your call we are reunited with those who have gone before through Jesus Christ Our Lord amen merciful god whose wisdom is beyond our understanding still graciously with John’s family and friends and their grief surround them with your love that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss what have confidence in your goodness and strength to meet the days to come through Jesus Christ Our Lord amen a reading from the book of wisdom The Souls of the righteous are in the hand of God and no torment will ever touch them in the eyes of the foolish they seem to have died and their Archer was thought to be a disaster and they’re going from us to be their destruction but they are at peace for though in this site of others they were punished there hope is full of immortality haven’t been disciplined a little They will receive great good because God tested them and found them worthy of himself those who trust in him will understand proof and the faithful will abide with him in love because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones and He Who Watches Over his elect the word of the Lord a reading from the second letter of st. Paul to the Corinthians so we’re always confident even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are way from the Lord for we walk by faith not by sight yes we do have confidence and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord the word of the Lord a reading from The Gospel According to st. John chapter 15 verses 12 through 13 Jesus said this is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you know greater doesn’t this to lay down one’s life for one’s friends the word of the Lord let us remember John McCain with the words of the Jesuit pull it Gerard Manley Hopkins what I do is me for that I came but I say more the Jaws man justices keeps Grace that keeps all his goings racist acts in God’s eye cuz I he is Christ for Christ plays in ten thousand places lovely in limbs lovely and eyes not his to the father through the features of mens faces don’t misunderstand me I am not recommending John for sainthood he was so very human and for that reason we can see God in his life he was the just man just a thing for John McCain every human being deserve to be treated just Lee he saw God our Father through the features of every person especially the poor and those persecuted by power and those who need John was a man who loved and he knew that love is seen in action in doing he was so often surrounded by the service men and women he had such a special affection for we can hear him and Shakespeare’s work but we we shall be remembered we we few we happy few we Band of Brothers love is truly showing an action and God in his love has given us this Warrior as a sign who acted in God’s eye what in God’s eye he was know we are sad we do celebrate the life of our friend’s husband father Senator and Warrior fight because he did keep Grace Christ playing in ten thousand places he gave us an example of how to live how to be the just man with St Paul John can now say I have fought the good fight I have finished the race I have kept the faith goodbye John McCain Pizza daddy boy I love you show sleep as Jesus taught us so we now pray Our Father who art in heaven Hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on Earth Earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but Deliver Us from Evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever amen for our brother John let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ who said I am resurreccion and I am Lord you cancelled Martha and Mary and their distress draw near to us who mourn for John and dry the tears of those Eurosport you left at the grave of Lazarus your friend Comfort us in our sorrow you raise the dead to life give to our brother eternal life you promised Paradise 2 the thief who repented bring our brother to the toys of Heaven Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our brother let our faith be our constellation and eternal life father of all we pray to you for John and for all those who we love but see no longer granted them Eternal rest LED light Perpetual shine upon them may his soul and The Souls of all the Departed through the mercy of God rest in peace give rest oh Christ to your servant with your where are sorrow and they are no more neither side but life unless you only are Immortal the Creator and maker of mankind and we mortal formed of the earth into Earth shall we return for so did you ordained when you created me saying you are dust and to dust you shall return all of us go down to the dust yet to even at the grave we make our song alleluia alleluia alleluia it rest if your hands on Merciful Savior we commend your servant John acknowledged was humbly beseech you a shape of your own flock Alam of your own Center of your own redeeming receive him into the arms of your mercy and to the Blessed rest of everlasting peace and into the Glorious company of the Saints in light I brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd of the sheep for the blood of the Everlasting Covenant make you perfect in every good work to do his will in the days you have lives to what you have been called working as he works in you what is pleasing in his sight and the blessing of God Almighty the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and to remain with you now and always the name of Christ thanks be to God just call me when you want to come down what’s the crossword by five minutes it’s going to be awhile Shrek yes website dep 222 jacked up occasionallyFormer Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are among the dignitaries who will deliver tributes to Senator McCain at the Washington National Cathedral.
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