Remembering an American Hero

john mccain from todayYou probably know that he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. But did you know that he was in that prison for more than 5 years, and that he could have left sooner but he didn’t?

You see, his family secured his release after 2 years but he said no, he would not leave until the rest of the prisoners were also set free with him.

He was beaten and tortured so badly his arms were permanently damaged. For the rest of his life he could not raise them above his head. Yet it was here that he became a strong person of faith, often singing with other prisoners, quoting Bible verses they could remember, especially around Christmas time.

Eventually though, he not only survived but became a U.S. Senator for more than 30 years. He fought hard here too. He was tough, but he epitomized a leader that would work with the other side. He respected the opinions of others, and leaders that had different views.

He always put country first rather than party politics, even if it made him unpopular. And that’s what made him so different.

Perhaps we mourn for more than the hero

for what our country could be

for what it once was

before madness

made us lose our way.

A warrior, a fighter to the end. A true American hero. Rest in peace John McCain.


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30 thoughts on “Remembering an American Hero

  1. Thank you for this tribute to Senator McCain, I often disagreed with his policies but always held him in high regard for being a man of integrity who put country before party. I pray we will someday see others stand and speak truth to power. It is sad he is considered a maverick because he spoke the truth and was committed to his country. I look forward to the day that a maverick in congress is one who sells his or her vote to lobbyists.

    1. Thank you so much! I believe many of us have been affected by his passing because of his incredible integrity. And yes I hope there will be more like him, both men and women. Peace to you and wonderful blessings.

  2. A thousand amens. He flew here into our fair state before his run with Palin. He and his gorgeous wife sat in economy seats, others on board the flight said, and talked with folks around them, never turning anyone away. While waiting for their baggage, he quietly spoke with whomever came up to him, too. Then, he carried their bags out. Sweet smiles on both of them. 74 years young, he was. How awful that she’s alone, now, in these years. What a blessing he was, indeed, not least of all to this country.

    1. Yes, its true unfortunately. Many Americans feel this way I think. It’s what I was hoping to convey. So thank you! Hopefully it will improve over the next few months. Peace to you and wonderful blessings.

  3. A man of true integrity, so rare these days. I didn’t agree with him on some issues but always held him in the highest regard. He rose above party politics and pettiness. And how wise he was to plan his own memorials with equal members from each party involved. He symbolically united the country for a couple of days. Now if that would just carry over into the future…. everyone working together for a cause greater than themselves as individuals. He taught us so much, by his example. RIP, Senator!

    1. Yes, and amen! He was so wise. President Obama said they often had differences but they could talk, just the two of them in the Oval Office. And they never doubted they were on the same team! We don’t need tribalism and nationalism, that does nothing but harm everyone. We need leaders like these two men. Thank you my friend. Peace and wonderful blessings to you.

      1. I agree – we need leaders like him and Obama. I listened to all the eulogies yesterday – just amazing! And he seems to have passed his wisdom on to his daughter Meghan.
        Peace and blessings back to you and yours, Nico.

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