WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — It seems recently-deceased senator John McCain managed to salute one more middle finger to Donald Trump as a lasting, historical parting gift.
Although McCain didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with the Black community, he was — in essence — an American man of integrity.
As you know, there were several times when racists attempted to toss out Barack Obama’s achievements, having gone so far as to literally question his citizenship. During those times, including Trump’s adamant repeal of Obamacare, McCain stood up for what was right in his eyes — even if it went against his political party.
Well, McCain once again shows honor by request of Obama’s eulogy and presence at his memorial, on Saturday, September 1.
According to CBS News, John McCain died last Saturday, August 25, from an aggressive form of brain cancer. The source reports he was 81 years of age at the time of death.
However, reportedly, McCain — prior to his last breaths — requested former presidents Barack Obama and George Bush, Jr. to give eulogies at his memorial. This will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Washington National Cathedral.
Yet, before that happens, another memorial for McCain will be held in his home state of Arizona on Wednesday, August 29, according to Arizona Central’s schedule notation.
NOTE: Former Vice President Joe Biden will give the eulogy for that ceremony, as notes CBS News. The source also mentions that McCain made it explicit that Trump was not to partake in the funeral services and wasn’t welcomed.
Via Facebook, President Obama gave a lasting statement regarding McCain’s passing. It reads as follows.
“John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics. But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher — the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed.”
“We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world,” Obama continues. “We saw this country as a place where anything is possible — and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.”
According to President Obama, only “few” have been tested anywhere close to that of John McCain — referencing the deceased senator’s P.O.W. experience while amid enemy lines. Barack Obama states that McCain was “required to show…courage,” and he did it exceptionally well.
Yet, while he says we may not measure up to John’s fortitude, Obama comments the following statements regarding moral upstanding.
“But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt.”
Both he and former First Lady Michelle send their “most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family,” Obama mentions in his post.
If you’re interested in John McCain’s memorial information, Arizona Central notates the schedule as follows.
A private ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Arizona Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St. A public viewing will be 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
McCain’s memorial has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N Central Ave. Limited public seating will be available, with tickets made available through the johnmccain.com website.
McCain’s body then will be flown to the Joint Base Andrews military facility in Maryland before lying in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., a rare honor bestowed on only 31 people in 166 years.
He will then be transported from the U.S. Capitol to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ahead of a second memorial at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern. The private service will be limited to family, friends, congressional colleagues and staff, as well as U.S. and international leaders, according to McCain’s website. The event will be live-streamed.
A private funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland. He will be laid to rest in the naval cemetery afterward.
All in all, let us know your thoughts about McCain’s passing wish or any thoughts about his life. Given the situation, please keep the comments to an appropriate nature.
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[Featured Photo via Barack Obama / Facebook]