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.
John lived his life bound by a timeless code — decency, respect, and civility above all else. This week, as we remember his life and service, let's honor his legacy by living out that code. I hope you'll join me and engage in #ActsOfCivility. https://t.co/JwJcz87NVq— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 25, 2019
Today marks one year since the passing of John McCain. Courageous, honorable, driven by a duty to family, country & God, John exemplified the values we as Americans hold so dear. I'm blessed to have called him a friend. May we continue to be inspired by his heroism and character.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 25, 2019
Missing my friend and mentor John McCain and his courage and integrity. The last time I saw him before he died, we were sitting at his ranch looking at the creek and he told me, Kelly, when I’m gone, whatever you do, just do the right thing and it will be good. I#ActsOfCivility— Kelly Ayotte (@KellyAyotte) August 25, 2019
One year ago today, John McCain passed away. I’ve always admired his commitment to something larger than himself in order to change the world for the better. I hope you’ll follow this path, today and always. #ActsofCivility— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) August 25, 2019
A touching way to celebrate John’s life. I have missed him tremendously, as a friend & as a political force. I'm sure this feeling is shared by Americans on both sides of the aisle. Thank you to the McCain family for your commitment to bringing people together. #ActsOfCivility https://t.co/ukpLohBL8L— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) August 21, 2019
Thinking about my friend, Senator McCain, and am reminded that we need to find ways to listen to one another and come together in the places where we agree. #ActsOfCivility @McCainInstitute pic.twitter.com/sQgrSC5yUt— Michael Crow (@michaelcrow) August 25, 2019
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.
"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)
"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)
"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)
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.
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:
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.
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.
Tributes at the U.S. Naval Academy honoring Senator John McCain today by General David H. Petraeus and Jack McCain.
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