Final Letter From John Sidney McCain III To American People
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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Senator John McCain chose to be laid to rest at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. His memorial services will begin on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (his birthday), at the Arizona State Capitol, where he will lie in state. He will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, August 31, 2018.
A final letter to Americans, written by Senator John McCain, was read by his former presidential campaign manager and family spokesperson Rick Davis on Monday, August 27, 2018, at a news conference at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, where the former Vietnam POW and patriot lawmaker called himself the “luckiest person on earth.” below:
“My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,
‘Fellow Americans’ – that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.
We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.
Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.
I feel it powerfully still.
Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.
Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.”
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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