It is no wonder that so many tributes have poured in for Senator John McCain. He was a hero, a man of honor and decency, and a man committed to serving his country.
While there are many instances of such exemplary behavior, I think one of the best is his reaction to a woman at one of his Presidential rallies in 2008:
I also like the way he wrote about the way he wants to be remembered, from his forthcoming memoir, The Restless Wave:
“I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times. What an ingrate I would be to curse the fate that concludes the blessed life I’ve led. I prefer to give thanks for those blessings, and my love to the people who blessed me with theirs. The bell tolls for me. I knew it would. … I hope those who mourn my passing, and even those who don’t, will celebrate as I celebrate a happy life lived in imperfect service to a country made of ideals, whose continued success is the hope of the world. And I wish all of you great adventures, good company, and lives as lucky as mine.”
Rest in Peace, John McCain.