Remembering an American Hero


Written by Cassandra Black      09/11/18
John McCain was born on August 29, 1936 at Coco Solo Naval Station in Panama. In 1967-1973 he was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam after he enlisted into the U.S. Naval Academy. After, he was released from Vietnam he returned and served as a Republican senator and congressman for Arizona. He ran for president in 1999 against Barack Obama, but lost. He then acquired the Republican designation in 2008. In 2016, John McCain made public headlines after he won the sixth Senate term. Also, in 2016 he attempted to repeal Obamacare. He battled with brain cancer for over a year, but after he pronounced that he was going to stop his treatment for it, he died in Sedona, Arizona on August 25, 2018. Joe Biden, former vice president of the United States, gave the eulogy for McCain’s funeral. The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, spoke at McCain’s funeral saying, “Many people might wonder what a young African-American kid from Minnesota and a highly decorated Vietnam War hero-turned-United States senator might have in common,” Fitzgerald said. “Well, I thought of a few. I’m black. He was white. I’m young. He wasn’t so young. He lived with physical limitations brought on by war. I’m a professional athlete. He ran for president. I run out of bounds. He was the epitome of toughness, and I do everything I can to avoid contact. I have flowing locks, and, well, he didn’t.” According to ESPN, Fitzgerald was basically saying that him and McCain had different characters, but they had a significant friendship.