The Legacy Of John McCain

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John McCain was a United States Senator for the state of Arizona.
Photo courtesy of Biography

John McCain was a United States Senator for the state of Arizona. Photo courtesy of Biography

John McCain was a United States Senator for the state of Arizona. Photo courtesy of Biography

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Senator John Mccain, who served in the Navy for 22 years and was held prisoner for three of them, died on August 25 from a deadly brain cancer.

Aside from being a senator, Mccain served in the Navy for 22 years. He was a Prisoner of War (POW) in North Vietnam for five and a half years. He withstood beatings and torture as a prisoner, and was kept for potential propaganda.

    In 2017, a tumor was discovered in Mccain’s brain. Glioblastoma, which is the cancer that McCain suffered from, is an aggressive brain cancer. Most of the diagnosed people don’t live more than 2 years. He was treated periodically with radiation and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the treatment didn’t manage to save his life.

His mother, Roberta Mccain, was the person who inspired his political career. In 2000, he made his most daring move in his political career; to run for president. John went on to win a series of primary elections and captured the Republican nomination.

“Few of us have been tested the way the John once was,” says former President Barack Obama. “Or required to show the courage that he did (…) but all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own.”

Stella Dommer, an 8th grader here at Dana Middle school says, “I think it’s devastating, our nation has lost another miraculous soul. I think it impacted our country by showing how much people will do for our country.”

Before dying, he requested that both Obama and Bush would speak at his funeral. He also asked that Trump would not be invited. He was laid to rest in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. Being buried there is the highest honor a veteran could receive. Only 24 people have been buried there.

Even though you might’ve not known who this man was before knowing that he died, you should know that John McCain was respected and admired by most people regardless of their political party. He demonstrated throughout his career that our country comes before party.

 

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