John McCain, A Lifetime of Service

By | August 31, 2019

Senator John McCain dedicated his life to
serving his country. A navy pilot, a prisoner of war in Vietnam,
a congressman and Senator who loved his home state of Arizona and twice ran for President
of the United States, he never lost his love for his country. “I fell in love with my country when I was
a prisoner in someone else’s. I loved it because it was not just a place,
but an idea, a cause worth fighting for….Wisdom, justice and goodness of it’s people. Senator McCain believed there was no higher
pursuit than to serve a cause greater than oneself. “if you find fault with our country,
make it a better one. If you are disappointed with the mistakes
of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in the armed forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach illiterate adults to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be better.” He worked for decades to expand opportunities
for his fellow Americans to serve their country –whether shouldering a rifle, tutoring a
child, or protecting our public lands. He said that when you serve in AmeriCorps
you “come to know the obligations and rewards of active citizenship.” He was a tireless champion for our veterans
and men and women in uniform. He fought to expand AmeriCorps and Senior
Corps. And he always looked out for public employees
that serve the American people. Along with Senator Jack Reed, he created the
National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service to inspire more Americans
to serve. When asked how he wanted to be remembered,
Senator McCain, said simply: “He served his country, and not always right
— made a lot of mistakes, made a lot of errors — but served his country, and I hope we can
add, honorably.” The Commission thanks Senator McCain for his
lifetime of service to our nation and honors his legacy by working to inspire and encourage
every American to serve.

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