John McCain, a republican senator (Arizona) and considered a beloved hero by many Americans was laid to rest after a five-day procession at the U.S Naval Academy.
The Senator has been battling with brain cancer for few months and died peacefully on Aug.25th in Arizona, U.S.A. The funeral was attended by three former presidents, republican George W. Bush, and democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
In their speeches on Saturday, both Barack Obama and George W. Bush remembered McCain as a patriot who served America faithfully during war and a hero who tried to build a bridge in the current divisive political atmosphere.
“So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage,” Obama said during his eulogy, “It’s a politics that pretends to be brave and tough but in fact is born in fear. John called on us to be bigger than that. He called on us to be better than that.”
Bush echoed Obama’s sentiment during his speech by saying, ““John’s voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder — we are better than this, America is better than this,”
Both presidents spoke of a man who was just, a politician who was fair and a fighter who was brave and a friend who was steady.
Meghan McCain, the late Senator’s daughter directly berated the sitting president and his divisive policies and added, “The America of John McCain,” she announced with a steely stare, “has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”
Senator McCain was put to rest next to his long time friend Larson from the class of 1958, where Larson had reserved four slots for McCain and their wives. Finally, an American hero is laid to rest, overlooking the Severn river over the Arlington Cemetery, where his father and grandfather, both servicemen are resting.