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3 years after his death, John McCain remains in thoughts of many

Aug 25, 2021, 11:05 AM | Updated: 3:02 pm
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP Photo) John McCain is greeted by President Richard Nixon, left, in Washington, May 25, 1973. McCain spent more than five years in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp before he was released in March of 1973. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges) John McCain, R-Ariz shown Friday, Jan. 11, 1985 in his Capitol Hill office holds a photo of a monument that the Vietnamese have erected in Hanoi in regard to his capture there during the Vietnam War. McCain will return to Vietnam to take part in a special telecast for the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. (AP Photo/John Duricka) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (AP Photo) FILE - In this March 14, 1973, file photo, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. John McCain, center, is escorted by Lt. Cmdr. Jay Coupe Jr., to Hanoi's Gia Lam Airport, after McCain was released from captivity. An aide says that McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81. (AP Photo/Horst Faas, File) FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2000, file photo, confetti falls on Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife, Cindy, at the end of their 114th New Hampshire town hall meeting with voters at the Peterborough Town House in Peterborough, N.H. Aide says senator, war hero and GOP presidential candidate McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File) FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2008 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., standing with his wife Cindy, encourages his supporters to stand up and fight for America at the close of his address during a campaign rally in Bensalem, Pa. McCain's family says the Arizona senator has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, center, joins vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, left, and her family following her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Aide says senator, war hero and GOP presidential candidate McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential nominee John McCain embraces his mother, Roberta, following his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Aide says senator, war hero and GOP presidential candidate McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) FILE - In this June 24, 1992, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., holds up an article from the Washington Times during a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington. Arizona Sen. McCain, the war hero who became the GOP's standard-bearer in the 2008 election, has died. He was 81. His office says McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He had battled brain cancer. (AP Photo/John Duricka, File) FILE - In this June 3, 2016, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets the audience as he arrives to deliver a speech in Singapore.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) In this undated file photo provided by CBS, U.S. Navy Lt. Commander John S. McCain lies injured in North Vietnam. McCain, the war hero who became the GOP's standard-bearer in the 2008 election, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81. (CBS via AP, File) United States Sen. John McCain, left, R-Ariz., his wife Cindy McCain and Arizona Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall, front, watch the first inning of a baseball game against the  San Francisco Giants, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2008, file photo, former Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, right, introduces his daughter Meghan at a campaign stop in Washington, Pa. John McCain, the war hero who became the GOP's standard-bearer in the 2008 election, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill, right, talks with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, as they watch practice at the NFL football team's training camp Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is carried to a hearse from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Washington, for a departure to the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service. McCain died Aug. 25 from brain cancer at age 81.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Rhonda Zuck, left, and her husband, Tim Zuck, center, who both served in the U.S. Army, drove from Racine, Wis., for the wreath laying ceremony for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (Ray Whitehouse/Pool photo via AP) Meghan McCain speaks at a memorial service for her father, 
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington Nationals Cathedral in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. McCain died Aug. 25, from brain cancer at age 81. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) The casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., followed by family members, is carried out of Washington National Cathedral in Washington , Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, following a memorial service. McCain died Aug. 25 from brain cancer at age 81. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Former President George W. Bush walks away after speaking at a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. McCain died Aug. 25, from brain cancer at age 81. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Debbie Rasmussen of Arnold, Md., sits in her car as she watches for any activity with the funeral  and burial for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. McCain died Aug. 25 from brain cancer at age 81. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) In this image provided by the family of John McCain, Cindy McCain lays her head on the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a burial service at the cemetery at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (David Hume Kennerly/McCain Family via AP) 
              In this image provided by the family of John McCain, Jimmy McCain hugs his brother Jack McCain, touching casket, as Cindy McCain, watches during a burial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the cemetery at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018  (David Hume Kennerly/McCain Family via AP)
            FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2008 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., standing with his wife Cindy, encourages his supporters to stand up and fight for America at the close of his address during a campaign rally in Bensalem, Pa. McCain's family says the Arizona senator has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) FILE - In a Oct. 24, 2005 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets representatives from the nine Oregon tribes, during a meeting at the Native American Studies and Cultural Center in Portland, Ore. McCain helped usher through Congress some of the most pivotal legislation in Indian Country, including the right for tribes to open casinos. That legacy also includes criticism for seemingly favoring corporate interests over tribes.
(Jamie Francis/The Oregonian via AP, File) Grant Woods gives a tribute during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool) (Instagram Photo) From left, Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes a selfie with Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Bernie Sanders outside the Capitol on January 20, 2017, the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 14:  (L-R) Curt Schilling, Shonda Schilling stand by as republican presidential candidate John McCain waves to fans with his wife Cindy McCain before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 14, 2008 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2009, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and his wife, Cindy, walk with their son Jack after he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The family of the late Sen. John McCain says they want to build a library on land donated by Arizona State University to house his archives and provide a "gathering place" for respectful dialogue. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File) FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, pauses as his wife, Cindy McCain, looks at him on stage after giving his victory speech as he announces his win over Democratic challenger Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, in Phoenix. The family of the late Sen. John McCain says they want to build a library on land donated by Arizona State University to house his archives and provide a "gathering place" for respectful dialogue. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

 

PHOENIX – Three years after his death, John McCain remains in the thoughts of many.

Tributes to the Arizona political icon poured in Wednesday from Vice President Kamala Harris in Vietnam, local leaders, family members and friends.

McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, was in his sixth term and 31st year in the U.S. Senate when he died after a yearlong battle with brain cancer at age 81 on Aug. 25, 2018.

While on a weeklong tour of Southeast Asia, Harris spent a moment of silence in the pouring rain before placing flowers at the monument where McCain’s plane was shot down by the North Vietnamese in 1967.

McCain’s widow, Cindy, tweeted, “I miss you every second of every day!”

Meghan McCain, a former co-host of “The View,” mourned the loss of her father by tweeting, “You left a void in this world by leaving it that will never be filled.”

Back in the state McCain represented, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey remembered him as “the kind of leader who always put country before self.”

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the moderate Democrat who frequently cites McCain in her calls for bipartisanship, called McCain “one of my personal heroes.”

Fellow U.S. Sen. from Arizona Mark Kelly also called McCain a hero.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a longtime Republican colleague and close friend of McCain, tweeted that the anniversary “reminds me and many others how much we miss his counsel and wisdom.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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3 years after his death, John McCain remains in thoughts of many