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The Death of a Patriot

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful; but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

Capitol Hill. The symbol of freedom, security, and the American way. The setting of countless, monumental historic moments and where the vast majority’s lives are changed. In the dark night of August 30th, the large metal exterior of the famed Air Force One smoothly touches down on the runway of Joint Base Andrews. As it sits patiently, two rows of different ranking soldiers uniformly march in meticulous detail. The night breeze blows softly as their commanding officer orders them to halt. Suddenly, a jet-black car stops in front of them. The men of valor salute as the casket covered in the American flag is carried out of the car. 

Their complexion is neither rejoiceful nor depressed, but rather, indifferent. They exemplify maturity and solemnity. The soldiers commemorate the late senator’s bravery while fighting in the humid jungles of Vietnam and the legislation passed to benefit the average American. They remember the political civility he expressed in the 2008 presidential clash with Barack Obama. How he stood up for his political rival in times he was unfairly judged. The commanding officer sheds a tear of sorrow for that day, he knew then nation lost a true patriot.


JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD., AUG. 30
Senator John McCain’s coffin arriving to lie in state at the United States Capitol.
Tom Brenner for The New York Times

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful; but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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