John McCain dies at 81

U.S. Senator John McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and later dedicated his life to public service – eventually running for president – has died. He was 81 years old. McCain’s family announced on Friday that he was stopping treatment for brain cancer, just days before his 82nd birthday. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; seven children and several grandchildren – in addition to his legacy of bravery and service that continues to inspire soldiers and sailors today.
In a speech to Naval Academy graduates in October, he said: ‘I know what you will risk and what you will receive in return. I know America is lucky to have you, and that you will think yourselves lucky to serve America. Even in the worst of times – and they come for most of us – you’ll know that to serve this country is to serve its ideals – the ideals that consider every child on earth as made in the image of God and endowed with dignity and the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is a noble cause. It is your cause, and it’s worth living and dying for. “I have, sometimes unwittingly and often imperfectly, served that cause all my adult life. Like your service, mine began here in the place of honor and honor’s demands. I arrived a rebel without a cause, and left much the same. But I would discover that a sense of honor had been imparted to me here that would speak to me in the darkest hours. And so I come back, again and again, to the place where I learned to dread dishonor and from where I embarked on an eventful life, in good company, in the service of my country and its great cause.”
‘May your lives be as lucky as mine.’  RIP

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