Senator John Mccain, Mrs Roberta Mccain, Mccain discussed on Pat Farnack
McCain family To cindy This children and MRs Roberta McCain It is deeply humbling The? Stand before you today At the United States capitol to commemorate the life and service of an American patriot Senator John McCain The president asked me to be here 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 the long history of our nation only thirty Americans have lain in 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 rats The son and the grandson a, four star admirals John came, from a family, that prized military service He entered the United States. Naval academy when he was just seventeen years old His services a. Naval aviator took. Him around the world and eventually to the warranty at Phnom it was there On his twenty third 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 of confinement and torture Then as now Americans marveled at the iron will. Of John McCain But captivity did not diminish John's sense of calling For his commitment to mission As he would later say I fell in love with my 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 of captain for congressman And later Senator For. Thirty five years John served in these very halls under. This very dome And he fought for what he believed in 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 overseas Earlier this week I told Cindy of the time on a trip through Iraq After another eighteen hours a day When I, was literally falling asleep In the middle of a dinner with Iraqi officials After the dinner John who was more than twenty years older than me 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 john Honestly.