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1 year after his death, Arizona icon John McCain’s values live on


PHOENIX – War hero, senator, presidential candidate, statesman, maverick, icon.

All appropriate labels to place on John McCain, who died one year ago on Aug. 25 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, was in his sixth term and 31st year in the U.S. Senate at the time of his death.

To honor McCain’s memory on the anniversary of his death, his widow asked Americans to put aside their differences and work for a common cause.

“He would want the country to commemorate his passing by appreciating the values of service to this country and the statesmanship he tried to practice,” Cindy McCain wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

“He would urge Congress and the administration to work together to help solve the United States’ problems. So today, I am asking all Americans to take a pledge of civility by committing to causes larger than ourselves and joining together across the aisle or whatever divides us to make the world a better place.”

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