tv Sen. John Mc Cain Capitol Rotunda Memorial Service CSPAN August 31, 2018 10:45am-12:20pm EDT
mccain. life toated his entire public service as a vocation, first in the military and then in elected office. he placed himself directly in harm's way during the vietnam war, and his great sacrifice of personal freedom is well known. as a senator he served with honesty and integrity, working both with those with whom he agreed and many with whom he did not. his willingness to speak the truth as he understood it, even when it was not politically expedient to do so proved to be a rare phenomenon. for that reason it was all the more precious. as we continue the celebration of honor grant that all who
attend to these proceedings might transcend smallness and limitation and emerge as people desirous of being our best selves in service to all our brothers and sisters as you might call each of us to be. dear lord, thank you for inspiring such greatness in senator john mccain and continue to bless the united states
of america. amen. >> mr. vice president, mr. speaker, colleagues,
distinguished guests, and the mccain family, it is an honor to welcome you this morning. we gather to recognize a great loss and celebrate a great life. we celebrate six decades of devotion to the american idea and the cause of human freedom. generations of americans will continue to marvel at the man who lies before us. the cocky, handsome, naval aviator could barely scraped through school and then fought for freedom in the skies. who witnessed our highest values, even through terrible torture, and who became a generational leader in united states senate where our nation airs its great debates.
airing our great debates is a gentle way to describe how john approached the work of a senator. his guards joked probably need a group therapy after john was finished with them. let's just say there were times when some of his senate colleagues were attempted to form a support group of our own. he treated every issue with the intensity the people's business deserved. he would fight tooth and nail for his vision of the common good, depending on the issue, you knew john would either be your staunchest ally or your most stubborn at any moment he might be -- elegantn eloquent reflection on humanity or a joke
served up with his signature cackle and that john mccain glint in his eye. he had america's fighting spirit, our noble idealism, our -- solemndaism patriotism, and a slightly irreverent streak all rolled into one. i will miss a dear friend whose smile or minded us that service is a privilege and whose scars reminded us of the great cause that brave souls pay for our freedom. john felt like family, but of robertait is cindy and ug, andy, megan, jacket, and bridget, who could call this man their own. on behalf of the senate and the .ntire nation, thank you
thank you for lending him to us longer than we had a right. thank you for supporting him while he supported us. half a world away, wearing our nation's uniform, john mccain stood up for every value but this capital building represents. then he brought that same patriotism inside his walls to advocate for our service members, our veterans, and our moral leadership in the world. ,o it is only right that today near the end of his long journey , john mice here -- lies here in this great hall under this mighty dome, like other american heroes before him. wave as a restless approaches the shores of
eternity, we thank god for giving this country john mccain. >> on behalf of
a grateful nation and on behalf of congress , i want to begin by giving forks to the mccain family your many years of service to our country. we share your anguish in losing this great man. rarely does this glorious rotunda fall silent at this hour. on a day like this, john would usually be bounding this way or that way come up right through here, visitors journey to each other asking if that is who they
think it is. but in this quiet hour, we are left to ponder how his life speaks to us. john mccain deserves to be remembered as he wished to be remembered. a patriot who served his country, a man, yes, of the senate, but also a man of the house, a navy man, a family man, a man who made an enormous difference in the lives of countless people, a man of state.ion, a man of there is a line from his farewell statement that really just grabbed me.
"our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes better than ourselves." that is john mccain. how fitting and how true. what stands out about john mccain is what he stood for. the rich blessings that only freedom can bestow, a sense of , the common humanity that burns in each of our hearts . hemingway once wrote, "the world breaks everyone and afterward, many are strong at the broken places." one, no one was stronger at the broken places than john mccain. brokenness was his ballast.
the joy that time ken doll or the edge that political life so often sends or the edgedull that political life often sends away. i
often found myself on the receiving end of john's candor, happily so. i remember thinking once, yeah, he really does talk like a sailor. but you see, with john, it was disagreement. anything.d not feign he just relished the fight. he showed us that in the arena, the on his back and forth, that is where the cause gets bigger -- honest back and forth, that is where the cause gets bigger, that is where the triumph is sweeter. him,ighest office alluded
he attained what is far more enduring, the abiding affection of his fellow citizens, and an example for future generations. now do the dayd when i come alike so many, will bring my own children and perhaps their children to that followed lawn in manassas -- in annapolis, i think about what i might say to them. this is one of the bravest souls our nation has ever produced. however you choose to do your part, i hope you do it the way he did, with energy and urgency, playing for keeps, never back on
your heels, never letting principal yield to expedients, resisting the false the liver -- akure of the fleeting and battening down the hatches when things get rough, and always having a really good story to tell. grief,our nation bows in work of herder the meaty and in the gaze of the greats, where soldiers unknown and known have laid before, we have this beautiful thing, the chance to do for this man what he did for us, to stand up. to stand up and to embrace the cause of his life. no one of us can fulfill this charge, but all of us sure can try.
, leader- schumer pelosi, distinguished members of congress, numbers of the cabinet in our armed forces and honored guests, and most of all, to the cindy, hisly, to children, and mrs. roberta mccain. it is deeply humbling to stand before you today at the united states capital to commemorate the life and service of an american patriot, senator john mccain. the president asked me to be here on behalf of a grateful nation, to pay a debt of honor and respect to a man who served our country throughout his life,
in uniform and in public office. and it is my great honor to be here. in the long history of our nation, only 30 americans have lain in state here in the united states capital rotunda. rotunda.l as a reflection of the esteem in which his colleagues and our country hold him, john mccain joins those ranks. grandson of four-star admirals, john came from a family that prized military service. he entered the united states naval academy when he was just 17 years old. his service as a naval aviator took him around the world and eventually to the war in vietnam. it was there on his 23rd bombing run that john was shot down and release, refusing early
for the sake of his comrades. d five and a half years of confinement and torture. marvelednow, americans at the iron will of john mccain. not diminish did john's sense of calling or his commitment to mission. inhe would later say, i fell love with my country when i was a prisoner in someone else's. after he made it home, john traded service in the uniform of the united states for service in congress, exchanging the rank of captain for congressman and later senator. for 35 years, john served in these very halls under this very
dome. and he fought for what he believed in. in my years in congress, and as , we did notnt always agree either. he almost always noticed. but his support for limited andrnment for tax reform our armed forces surely left our nation more prosperous and secure, and he will be missed. as president trump said yesterday, we respect his service to the country. here,any of you gathered i also had the privilege of traveling with senator mccain to visit our troops overseas. earlier this week, i told cindy of a time on a trip through iraq after another 18 hour day, when
i was literally falling asleep in the middle of a dinner with iraqi officials, after the dinner, john, who was more than 20 years older than me, walked up, put his hand on my shoulder mike, we have got a few more meetings tonight, but why don't you turn in? you look like you could use some rest. [applause] thanks, john. honestly, seeing him down range, i never traveled with a colleague who is better and listed or harder on our job or harder- enlisted on our generals. john loved the men and women who served the united states and he was a champion of our armed forces throughout his career.
in every generation, there are those who put country first, who prize service ahead of self, who summon idealism from a cynical age, and john mccain was such a man. place he lies in the , the he served to the last congress of the united states. soon, he will to rest on the grounds where he served first, the united states naval academy. the eyes of the american people will be upon him as he goes. too, will their prayers for him and especially for his beloved family gathered here today. and we will pray that those who mourn shall be comforted.
mournmourn with those who and we grieve with those who grieve, but we do not grieve like those who have no hope, because john, like millions of americans, held firm to that hope from an old hymn that became the title of a book he wrote some 20 years ago, "faith of our fathers." the full stanza of that hymn reads, "faith of our fathers living still in spite of dungeon , fire, and sword. oh, how our hearts beat high with joy ere we hear that glorious word." john mccain held firm to that faith, the faith of his father's
, through dungeons, fire, and sword. and he held fast to his faith in america, through six decades of service. we gather here today to honor an , served a cause greater than himself, and we gather here remembering a man who knew how he wanted to be remembered. and so let me say to all those ,athered in his beloved family on behalf of a grateful nation, we will ever remember that john mccain served his country and john mccain served his country honorably. may god bless the memory of john mccain. may
god comfort his family and friends, and may god continue to
>> let us bow or our heads for the benediction. eternal lord god who has made of one blood all the people of the for thee give thanks consequential life of senator john mccain, a drum major for courage, truth, and justice. accept our gratitude for his commitment to make decisions based upon principles, for his pragmatic leadership during turbulent times, and for his
and heroicmplary service. lord, we are grateful for his efforts to do what was in the country's best interest, and for providing inspiration that kept our nation strong. we praise you for permitting senator mccain to remind us that we are tied to a single garment anotherny, meeting one ng onefill your -- needi another to fill the purposes of your lives. may the life of this american patriot inspire us to see you more clearly, to love you more dearly, and to follow you more
nearly each day. , was able to keep us without stumbling or slipping , and to present us before the presence of his glory with unspeakable delight, we ascribe glory, majesty, and might, dominion and power now and always. we pray in the name of senator mccain's re-damer, jesus -- redeemer, jesus christ. amen.
mccain started at 11:00 eastern in the capitol rotunda. closed, aseing senator mccain lies in state. it is expected to start at 1 p.m. and could last until it :00 this evening. the casket will leave saturday morning and head to the vietnam 10 easternal -- tomorrow live at 10 a.m. for a national memorial service, presidents george w. bush and -- willbama will offer be speakers. buried in annapolis, maryland. as we look outside on the east front of the capitol building, the flag is at half staff.