On the Senate’s second day back in session since the death of Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham gave a heartfelt speech about the legacy of his fellow GOP Senator and friend.
For Graham, it was all about honoring his friend, saying McCain can be an example to us all.
“I learned how to forgive, and from him, I saw how to heal,” he said. “I learned that the captured warrior who was tortured became the Statesman who forgave and healed a relationship between a former adversary and his own country.”
Graham shared his memories of McCain — from a trip to Hanoi Hilton, his prison for over five years, to his dry sense of humor.
He also took the time to appeal to his colleagues for help.
“It is going to be a lonely journey for me for a while,” Graham said. I am going to need your help, and the void to be filled by John’s passing is more than I can fill.”
Meanwhile, flags at the White House were at half-staff again to honor McCain after issues Monday when Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson had some words for President Trump.
“Anybody who in any way would tarnish the memory of John McCain – deserves a whipping,” Isakson said.
Flags in many places across the country – even here in Savannah – were lowered as a sign of respect to a senator and a P.O.W.
Doug Andrews, Chairman of Chatham County Veterans Council, said he was a young man in Vietnam in 1970 — the same time McCain would have been a prisoner of war there.
“It takes a strong mind to just not give up,” Andrews said of being a prisoner. “I don’t even want to think about it.”
The chairman says he admired McCain for pushing forward in his life and serving his country.
“I think most of the time, 90 percent of the time he was on the right side of the issues,” Andrews said.
From his health to his career, McCain’s friends and colleagues say his endurance won’t be forgotten.
“So to those who are striving as a young person, remember John McCain. He failed a lot but he never quit,” Graham said. “And the reason we’re talking about him today and the reason I’m crying is because he was successful in spite of his failures.”
Graham says McCain was in pain every day from his injuries as a P.O.W. But his last words to the country were that he was grateful for every day.