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It was only fitting that two of the primary speakers John McCain chose for his remembrances were George Bush and Barack Obama, the men who had defeated him in his bids for the Presidency, as well as long-time political rival and close friend Joe Biden. It was part of his character that made him special. He was ambitious and had definite ideas but always put his country first. He was an American original, combative, argumentative, strong-willed, a Maverick. He often bucked his party, the popular path, the easy choice to stand up for what he felt was right. Nowhere was this quality better displayed than by his refusal to be released early from torture in a Vietnamese prison. It rose to the surface many times after he returned home and committed to a life of service. He was not perfect. He recognized his shortcomings and, thus, forgave them in others. If there was one thing that defined the life of John McCain it was COMPROMISE. He believed in a “Win-Win” philosophy and envisioned America as great enough to provide something for all. In his final days, he experienced frustration that so few others seemed to share his approach, but rather than bemoan his fate, he expressed gratitude for all he had been given. Sadly, he is no longer with us---we can use more of his ilk, Statesmen, not politicians. Nevertheless, his spirit lives on, in his family, in the lives of those he touched, in the example he set, the legacy he left, a life fully and well lived. John McCain was a TRUE AMERICAN HERO!