Following his death, Sen. John McCain’s aide read his final message, saying “Americans never quit.” We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.” Is McCain an American hero? Scroll down to see how people around America voted.
To many people, John McCain was an “American Hero.” He will never be forgotten. His legacy will carry on, because he truly embodied a war hero, and most importantly, a man who truly loved and cared about his country. Senator John Sidney McCain III passed away on Aug. 25, surrounded by his wife and family.
In July of 2017, he was diagnosed with cancer when a malignant brain tumor, also called a glioblastoma, was discovered. He received treatment for it periodically using radiation and chemotherapy. On Aug. 24, 2018, his family announced that McCain will no longer be receiving treatment for his condition.
McCain was born on Aug. 29, 1936 and is the son and grandson of four-star Navy admirals. McCain himself went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 and soon after, became a naval aviator. As the pace of the Vietnam war intensified, McCain, who was a young Navy Aviator at the time, endured a heated air strike. In the midst of it, his Skyhawk dive bomber was shot down over Hanoi on Oct. 26, 1967 and was captured by the North Vietnamese. He proceeded to spend 5 ½ years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. At the time of his capture, he had fractures in his right leg and both arms. He received minimal care and was kept in wretched condition that he described vividly in a U.S. News Special report. He couldn’t raise his arms because of wounds he suffered from being a prisoner of war, which he never let stop him.
After he was free from Vietnam, he worked in the capital, where he interacted with senators. It was there that he fell in love with congress. He followed his love and went on to successfully serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was first elected to Congress from Arizona’s 1st congressional district in 1982. After only serving one term, he went on to win six terms in the Senate and remained in that chamber for the rest of his life. He ran for president twice, once in 2000, in which he lost the Republican race to George W. Bush, and the second in 2008, where he lost the general election to Barack Obama.
A survivor of torture, he was a true patriot and maverick. His love for his country is what most remember him as. He left a final message to us all, which was read by his aide.
He reflected on his years of service and urged Americans to “not despair of our present difficulties.” “I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth,” the late senator wrote in a letter read by adviser Rick Davis. “I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life.”
McCain reflected on his presidential election against Barack Obama in his final letter. “Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president,” he wrote. “I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.”
Throughout his political career, McCain and President Trump often disagreed. Trump has mocked McCain’s military record during his presidential campaign in 2015. He went as far to suggest that McCain wasn’t a “war hero,” during the Vietnam War because he had been captured.
McCain frequently criticized the president’s policies, tone, and famously sunk Trump-backed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In his final message, McCain urged Americans to look beyond the present political climate, according to the Huffington Post.
“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here,” he wrote. “Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.” Read the full story on the Huffington Post here.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
Following his death, Sen. John McCain’s aide read his final message, saying “Americans never quit.” We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.” Is McCain an American hero?
Without a doubt