Full Video: McCain Tribute at U.S. Capitol
a study on the Riser please let us prey we give you thanks almighty God for the appearance Among Us so great men and women who serve as inspiration for All America to be their best in service to God country and neighbor this day we honor a true American hero Senator John McCain he dedicated his entire life to Public Service as a vocation 1st in the military and then an elected office he plays himself directly In Harm’s Way the Vietnam War in his great sacrifice of personal freedom is well known as a senator he served with honesty and integrity working both with those home he agreed and many with whom he did not his willingness to speak the truth as he understood it even when it was not politically expedient to do so proved to be a rare phenomenon for that reason it was all the more precious as we continue this celebration of Honor grant that all who had and to these proceedings might transcend smallness and limitation in the emerge as people desirous of being our best selves and service to all our brothers and sisters as you might call each of us to be dear Lord thank you for inspiring such greatness in Senator John McCain and continue to bless the United States of America amen Fisher-Price president mr. speaker colleagues distinguish and McCain family it’s an honor to welcome you this morning We Gather to recognize a great loss and celebrate a great life we celebrate 6 Decades of Devotion to the American idea and the cause of human Freedom generations of Americans will continue to Marvel at the who lies before us the Kaki handsome Naval aviator who barely scrape through school and then fought for freedom in the skies who witness to our house values even through terrible torture and who became of generational leader in the United States Senate where our nation airs its great debates airing our great debates is a gentle way to describe how John approached the work I was under a blonde joke that is guards at the Hanoi Hilton probably needed group therapy after John was finished well let’s just say there were times when some of his son of college were tempted to form a support group of our own he treated every issue with the intensity the people’s business dessert he would fight tooth and nail for his vision of the common good depending on the issue you know John would either be or staunchest Ally or your most stubborn Epona at any moment he might be preparing an elephant reflection on human Liberty or a devastating joke served up with his signature cackle and that John McCain Glenn and is he had America’s fighting Spirit our Noble idealism our solemn patriotism and are slightly it reference streak all rolled into one I will miss a dear friend whose smile reminded us that service is a privilege and whose scars reminded us of the great cost at brave souls pay for our freedom John felt family but of course it is Sunday and Roberta and Joe and dog Andy Sydney Megan Jack Jamie and Bridget who can truly call this man their own behalf and the entire nation thank you thank you for lending him to us longer then we had to write thank you for supporting him while he supported us half a world away wearing our nation’s uniform John McCain’s stood up for every value that this Capitol Building represent then he brought that same patriotism inside its walls to advocate for our service members are veterans and our moral leadership and the world so it is only right that today near the end of his long journey John lives here in this Great Hall under this mighty. like other American Heros before him here as a Restless wave approaches the shores of Eternity we thank God leaving this country John McCain on behalf of a grateful nation and on behalf of Congress I want to begin by giving things to the McCain family for your many years of service to our country we share your anguish and losing this great man rarely does this glorious rotunda fall silent this hour and a day like this John would usually be bounding this way or that way right through here visitors turning to each other asking if that’s who they think it is but in this quiet we are left to ponder how his life speaks to us John McCain deserves to be remembered as he wished to be remember a patriot who serve his country a man yes of the Senate but also a man of the house a Navy man a family man the man who made any normous difference in the lies of countless people a man of conviction a man of State there’s a line from his Farewell statement that really just grab me or identities and sense of Worth or not circumscribed but enlarged buy serving good causes bigger than ourselves that’s John McCain how fitting and how true what stands out about John McCain is what he stood for the richest blessings that only Freedom can bestow the sense of purpose that a battle joined can bring the common Humanity that burns in each of our hearts hemenway once wrote the world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places no one no one was Stronger at the broken places than John McCain the broken this was his ballast he never lost the joy that time candle for the edge that political life so often Sands away I myself from time to time on myself on the receiving end of John’s distinct brand of candor I remember thinking more than once yeah he really does talk like a sailor what you see with John it was never feigned disagreements the man didn’t say anything he just relished the fight he showed us that in the arena the honest back-and-forth that’s where the cause gets bigger that’s where the Triumph is all the sweeter we get stronger at the broken places though the highest office eluded him he attained what is far more in during the abiding affection of his fellow-citizens and an example for future Generations so I think I had no I think ahead of a day when I like so many will bring my own children and perhaps their children to that hat Woodlawn in Annapolis I think about that I think about what I might say to them this is one of the bravest souls are nation has ever produced however you choose to do your part I hope you do with the way he did with energy and urgency Playing for Keeps never back on your heels for letting principal yield to experience resisting the false Allure of the fleeting and battening down the hatches when things get rough and always always having a really good story to tell today our nation files in grief but here under the work of ramidi and in the gays of the grace Were Soldiers known and unknown have laid before we have this beautiful thing the chance to do for this man what he did for us to stand up to end up into embrace the cause of his life no one of us can fulfill this charge but all of us sure can try because all this all of this it’s worth fighting for God bless John McCain and God bless the country he’s so dearly beloved leader McConnell speaker Ryan leader Schumer liter Pelosi distinguished members of Congress members of the cabinet members of our armed forces and honored guests and most of all to the McCain family to Cindy is children and this is Roberta McCain it is deeply humbling the stand before you today at the United States capital to commemorate the life and service of an American Patriot Senator John McCain the president asked me to be here on behalf of a Grateful Nation to pay a debt of honor and respect to a man who served our country throughout his life in uniform and in public office and it’s my great honor to be here in a long history of our nation only 30 Americans have Lane and state here in the United States Capitol rotunda today as a reflection of the esteem in which his colleagues and our country hold him Senator John McCain joins those ranks the sun and the grandson 4-star Admirals John came from a family that prize military service he entered the United States Naval Academy when he was just 17 years old his service was a Naval aviator took him around the world and eventual to the war in Vietnam he was there on his 23rd bombing run the John was shot down and captured refusing early release for the sake of his comrades he endured five-and-a-half years but confinement and torture them as now Americans marveled at the Iron Will of John McCain but captivity did not diminish John sense of calling or his commitment to Mission as he would later say I fell in love with me Country When I was a prisoner in someone else’s and after he made it home John traded service in the uniform of the United States for service in Congress exchanging the rank Captain for congressmen and later senator for 35 years John served in these very Halls under this very dumb and he fought for what in my years in Congress and as Vice President we didn’t always agree either and he almost always noticed but his support for limited government for tax reform and support for our Armed Forces surely left our nation more prosperous and more secure and he will be missed as president Trump said yesterday we respect his service to the country like many of you gathered here I also had the privilege of traveling with Senator McCain to visit our troops over earlier this week I told Cindy of the time on the trip through Iraq after another 18 hour day when I was literally falling asleep middle of a dinner with Iraq officials after the dinner John who was more than 20 years older than they walked up put his hand on my shoulder and said Mike we’ve got a few more meetings tonight but why don’t you turn in you look like you could use some rest thanks Joe honestly seeing him down range I never travelled with a colleague who was better to our enlisted or harder on our generals John McCain love the men in women who serve in the uniform of the United States and he was a champion of our Armed Forces throughout his career in every generation there are those who put country first the prize service ahead of self who summoned idealism from a cynical age John McCain was such a man today realize in the place where he served for the last Congress of the United States soon he will go to rest on the ground where he served first the United States Naval Academy the eyes of the American people will be upon him as he goes and so to will their prayers for him specially for his beloved family gathered here today and we will pray that those who mourn shall be comforted so we mourn with those Bourne and we grieve with those who grieve but we do not grieve like those who have no hope because John McCain like millions of Americans held firm to that hope from I told him that became the title of a book he wrote some 20 years ago Faith of Our Fathers the full stanza of that him reads faith of our fathers living still in spite of dungeon fire and sword oh how our hearts beat hi with joy when are we here that Glory John McCain held firm to that Faith the faith of his fathers through dungeons fire and sore and he held fast to his faith in America through six Decades of service We Gather here today to honor an American Patriot serve to cause greater than himself And We Gather here remembering a man who knew how he wanted to be remembered and so let me say to all those gather then his beloved family on behalf of a Grateful Nation we will ever remember that John McCain served his country and John McCain served his country honourably may God bless the memory of John McCain may God Comfort his family and friends and may God continue to bless the United States of about heads for the benediction Eternal Lord God who has made of one blood all the people of the earth we give thanks for the consequential life of Senator John McCain’s a drum major for courage truth and Justice except Al gratitude for his commitment to make decision based upon principles for his pragmatic leadership during turbulent times and for his life of exemplary and Hiro service Lord we are grateful for his effort to do what was in the country’s best interest and for providing inspiration but kept our nation strong we praise you for permitting Senator McCain to remind us that we are tied what’s a single Garment of Destiny needing one another to fulfill your purposes for Our Lives May the light of this American Paint . Inspire us to see you more clearly to love you more dearly and to follow you more nearly each day now unto him who is able to keep us without stumbling or slipping and to present us before the presence of his glory with speakable Delight we ascribe Glory majesty and might dominion and power now and always we pray in the name of Senator McCain’s Redeemer Jesus Christ all menSenator John McCain’s body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Mr. McCain will be the 13th former senator to receive the honor.
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