John Sidney McCain III 1936 - 2018



Honoring Senator McCain Through #ActsOfCivility

Senator McCain didn’t always agree with his colleagues in Congress, but he always respected them. There was nothing he enjoyed more than debating the most pressing issues of the time on the floor of the Senate with his good friend, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, shaking hands at the end of their discussion, and then sharing lunch with one another as friends. Sadly, this type of civil engagement is all too rare lately. But we can do something to help reignite a spirit of civility.

To celebrate the life and legacy of Senator McCain, the McCain family and McCain Institute will be undertaking and promoting acts of civility and you're invited to engage in this effort with them.

 

#ActsOfCivility: What You Can Do

Senator McCain was known for grand acts of civility, but no act is too small for our campaign. Here are some #ActsOfCivility you can take:
  • Re-engage with a friend or family member with whom you disagree.
  • Learn about an issue from a different perspective.
  • Pledge to listen before responding to a viewpoint different than yours.
  • Find an issue on which to agree with someone with whom you frequently disagree.
  • Allow someone else to be in control of entertainment or food choices for the day.
  • Express your appreciation for someone else's service -- especially public service.
  • Help make someone else's day a little brighter through an act of community service.
Below are some specific ways you can help us celebrate his legacy through #ActsOfCivility:
  • Engage in #ActsOfCivility of your own or with friends and family.
  • Post your #ActsOfCivility to your favorite social media platform and challenge your friends.
  • Report, share and comment on #ActsOfCivility campaign content. You can find it on Twitter at @CindyMcCain, @McCainJack, @McCainInstitute and on Instagram @CindyMcCain and @McCainInstitute.
  • On Sunday, August 25, use our national Snapchat filter as you engage in your #ActsOfCivility.

Follow Along With #ActsOfCivility

In His Own Words

Over the course of his service, Senator McCain’s straight talk and principled assessment of issues and events of the day positioned him as a leader and widely sought voice.  His words and thoughts on many issues remain as relevant today as they were when he spoke them. “In His Own Words” is a collection of some of Senator McCain’s memorable comments related to issues of today.


Exceptionalism
Exceptionalism

"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history."

(Farewell Letter 2018)

 
Protectionism
Protectionism

"We have to fight isolationism, protectionism, and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions. We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them." 

(Naval Academy Speech 2017)

 
Detention and Torture
Detention & Torture

"But in the end, torture's failure to serve its intended purpose isn't the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn't about our enemies; it's about us. It's about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It's about how we represent ourselves to the world."

(Torture Report Speech 2014)

 


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The Story of John Sidney McCain III

U.S. Senator John Sidney McCain III was born on August 29, 1936 at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone to Lieutenant John S. "Jack" McCain Jr. and Roberta Wright McCain. The son and grandson of four star admirals, he was raised in the navy and in a tradition of military service that began before the American Revolution.

His grandfather, John S. McCain Sr., called "Sid" or "Slew," was the first of the family to attend the United States Naval Academy, and the first to become a naval aviator, earning his wings at the age of fifty. As a passed midshipman, he served in the Philippines on a gunboat skippered by Chester Nimitz, and sailed home to America on the flagship of Teddy Roosevelt's "Great White Fleet." The Senator's colorful great uncle, Brigadier General "Wild Bill" McCain was a West Point graduate, and served under General Pershing in Mexico. Another West Point graduate, General Henry Pinkney McCain, fought in the Battle of Manila, was adjutant general of the Army and established the selective service during World War One. Various McCains served in the armies of the Confederacy during the Civil War, one branch of the family having settled in the mid-19th Century on a plantation in Carrol County, Mississippi. An ancestor served on General Washington's staff, and Washington himself is the Senator's cousin many times removed.

The Senator was the second of Jack and Roberta McCain's three children, arriving after his older sister, Sandy, and before his younger brother, Joe. His early life was nomadic as the family accompanied his father to various duty stations.

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Donate to a Charitable Cause

Senator John McCain's remarkable record of leadership embody his lifetime commitment to service. In celebration of Senator McCain's service to others, please consider learning more about and supporting these two causes which were of critical importance to Senator McCain:

The McCain Institute Foundation
The McCain Institute Foundation is a tax-exempt 501C3 charitable organization founded to support the work of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Guided by values that have animated the career of Senator John McCain and the McCain family for generations, the McCain Institute for International Leadership is dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity. LEARN MORE AND LEND YOUR SUPPORT.

Translational Genomics Research Institute
When TGen’s founder, Arizona-born Dr. Jeffrey Trent, was the Scientific Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Senator McCain was instrumental in convincing him to return to Arizona and bring new knowledge with him, establishing TGen in an effort to turn breakthroughs in genetic research into medical advances. Today, TGen is poised to take that knowledge and transform brain cancer research in honor of Senator McCain. We invite you to join us in honoring Senator John McCain with the establishment of the John S. McCain III Endowed Chair in Brain Cancer Research. LEARN MORE ABOUT GLIOBLASTOMA AND LEND YOUR SUPPORT.

Statements and Tributes

Statement from The Office of Senator John McCain

Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.

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Mourning the Departure of Senator John McCain

I was in the far northern reaches of Canada on a wilderness river when Senator John McCain died. We got to our endpoint—Nahanni Butte—where there was internet connection, and I learned that he passed away a few days earlier. It was not a surprise, obviously. Friends had been keeping me posted about his struggles and diminished strength through the summer. Still, it was a very sad day when I heard the news.

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Tributes at the U.S. Naval Academy Honoring Senator John McCain Today

Tributes at the U.S. Naval Academy honoring Senator John McCain today by General David H. Petraeus and Jack McCain.

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Thank You

We are truly grateful for the outpouring of support and comfort our family has received over the past year. Your letters and messages remind us of the incredible impact John's life has had on so many people from Arizona, across the country, and around the world. John lived every day with vigor, vitality, and an insatiable desire to serve the country he deeply loved. While we've lost a central part of our family and an irreplaceable American leader, we can all honor John's life by continuing his legacy of service and leaving this world a better place for generations to come.

-- The McCain Family

If so inclined, flowers may be sent to your local VA Hospital. Thank you.