I am crossing the line again in tribute to a man who is truly a great American hero. I am an independent voter who values this American's sense of country over party.
For the next two days, I will be glued to the TV. I am not watching sports and streaming Netflix. I am respecting a great America hero. Call it attending his memorial services........ today in Arizona and Saturday at the National Cathedral.
To me, he represents a true American hero in just about every way. He often put country before party. He was brave and honest. He admitted mistakes. He was generous to others.
He has asked two of his former political rivals, George W. Bush and Barak Obama to give eulogies at his memorial service at the National Cathedral on Saturday. His Senate buddy, Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Friday's service.
I am just in awe at this bringing together of all these different people to celebrate the life of this great American. Political parties are put aside in favor of love for this American. Beautiful!
Caroline Kennedy in her anthology A Patriot's Handbook includes the story of Mike Christian written by Senator John McCain. This story from the time the Senator was in the Hanoi Hilton as a prisoner of war in Viet Nam really speaks to the heart of the flag and patriotism. I cry every single time I read this story because of its love of country, its truth and a man's love for his country. Here is the story for you. It is impossible to read without respecting this American and shedding some tears in awe of him. I treasure this book and this contribution by John McCain.
In these greatly divided times, I am stepping over the line asking all of you to think about the man who asked his political rivals to speak at this memorials. He is the same man who told his captors he would not leave the Hanoi Hilton early due to his father's military position. He would leave the prison when all Americans were sent home. He was an amazing man indeed and he will be missed by me.
Thank you, Senator McCain, for your service and love of country. I value what you did.
Thank you for allowing me to cross the line again.