Meghan McCain honors late father John on Veterans Day
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Megan McCain and Senator John McCain attend the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
A little more than two months since the passing of Sen. John McCain, his daughter Meghan paid tribute to her late father and decorated Vietnam War veteran on Veterans Day.
McCain served in the Vietnam War as a Naval Aviator and was held as a prisoner of war for five years after his plane was shot down on a bombing mission over North Vietnam in 1967.
McCain, the longtime Arizona senator and graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, died at the age of 81 just days after deciding to end treatment for brain cancer in August.
His daughter Meghan McCain, who co-hosts the daytime talk show "The View," paid tribute to her dad on Monday, writing:
"Today on #VeteransDay we remember and honor those who have selflessly served and sacrificed. Those who have and continue to fight to protect our freedoms - I am forever grateful. I miss you so much Dad, thank you for showing me what fighting for something greater than yourself is."
Speaking at her father's funeral at the National Cathedral in September, Meghan McCain commended her father's bravery and courage and how he led by example.
"Dad, your greatness is woven into my life, it is woven into my mother's life, into my sister's life, and it is woven into my brothers' lives. It is woven into the life and liberty of the country you sacrificed so much to defend," she said to those in attendance. "Like so many other heroes, you leave us draped in the flag you loved. You defended it, you sacrificed it, you have always honored it. It is good to remember we are Americans. We don't put our heroes on pedestals just to remember them. We raise them up because we want to emulate their virtues. This is how we honor them and this is how we will honor you."