'Then, as now, Americans marveled at the iron will of John McCain': Mike Pence

The vice president spoke at a memorial service for the late senator.
8:19 | 08/31/18

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Leader McConnell. Speaker Ryan. Leader she rumor leader Pelosi. Distinguished. Members of congress. Members of the cabinet. Members of our armed forces and honored guests and most of all. To the McCain family. Descending. This children. And mrs. Roberta McCain. It is deeply humbling. To stand before you today. At the United States capitol 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's my great honor to be here. In a long history of our nation only thirty Americans. Had lain in state here in the United States capital would come. Today. As a reflection of the esteem in which his colleagues. And our country hold him. Senator John McCain joins those around us. The sun and the grandson. A four star admirals. John came from a family the prize military service. He entered the United States Naval Academy when he was just seventeen years old. His service as a naval aviator took him around the world and eventually to the war in Vietnam. He was there. On his 23 bombing run. The John was shot down and captured. Refusing early release for the sake of his comrades. He endured five and a half years of confinement. And torture. Then as now. Americans marveled at the iron wills of John McCain. But captivity did not diminished John sense of calling. Where his commitment. Two mission. As he would later say. I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else it's. And after remitted 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 bill. And he fought for what he believed it. In my years in congress. And as vice president. We didn't always agree either. And he almost always notice. But his support for limited government. For tax reform. And support for our armed forces surely left our nation more prosperous. And more secure and he will be missed. As president trump said yesterday we respect. His service. The country. Like many of view gathered here I also had the privilege of traveling. With Senator McCain to visit our troops overseas. Earlier this week I told Cindy of the time on a trip through Iraq. After another eighteen 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 twenty years older than me. Walked up. Put his hand on my shoulder and said. Mike we've got a few more meetings tonight. But why don't you turn in. You look like you could use some rest. Thank you. Honestly seeing him down range I never traveled with a colleague. Who was better to our enlisted. Or harder on our generals. John McCain love the men and women who served in the uniform. Of the United States. And he's a champion of our armed forces. Throughout his career. In every generation there are those who put country first. Who priced service ahead of self. Who some and idealism from the cynical age. John McCain was such a Mac. Today. He lies in the place where he served to the last. The congress of the United States. Soon. He will go to rest on the grounds where he served first. The united states naval. The eyes of the American people will be upon him as he goes. And so too will their prayers. For him. And especially for his beloved back. Gathered here today. And we will pray that those who more. Shelby comfort. So we mourn with those who mourn and we grieve with those who grieve but we do not breed like those who have no. Because John McCain. Like millions. Of Americans. Held firm to that hope from an old hymn that became the title of a book he wrote some twenty years ago. Faith of our father. The full stands of that him. Reads. Faith of our fathers living still. In spite of dungeon. Fire and sword. Oh how our hearts beat high with your way. When air we hear that glorious work. John McCain held firm to that thing. The faith of its funds. Through dungeons fire. And so or. And he held fast to his faith in America. Through six decades of service. We gather here today to honor in American patriot. Served a cause greater than himself. And we gather here. Remembering a man who knew how. He wanted to be remember. And so let me say. All those gathered in his beloved family. On behalf of a grateful nation. We will ever remember. The John McCain served his country. And John McCain. Served his country. May god bless the memory of John McCain. May god comfort his family and friends. And may god continue to bless. The United States of America.

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