Vice President Mike Pence has paid tribute to the late Sen. John McCain, saying America will always remember his lifetime of service to the United States.
Speaking in Minneapolis at the American Legion’s 100th annual convention Thursday, Pence said McCain served 5½ years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and “did not yield.”
Pence says the Arizona Republican later became “one of the most unwavering advocates” of the American military ever to serve in Congress.
“He came from a long line of service in uniform,” Pence said. “He served in the Vietnam War. He spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war, and he did not yield.”
Pence went on to highlight McCain’s work in the Senate, where the vice president said he was “one of the most unwavering advocates of our armed forces to ever serve.”
“I can assure you, America will always remember and honor the lifetime of service of United States Senator John McCain,” Pence said. “By honoring him, we also honor all of you.”
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Pence’s remarks received a standing ovation.
The vice president spoke of McCain as the former GOP presidential nominee was being mourned and celebrated at a memorial service in Phoenix.
McCain died of cancer Saturday. American Legion leaders took Trump to task on Monday after flags at the White House, which flew at half-staff through the weekend, were raised to full height on Monday.
Trump later relented amid criticism and ordered them lowered again at all federal installations through McCain’s internment this Sunday.