Klitschko paid tribute to the late Senator John McCain: his life story would make many a good book

01.09.2018 20:13

The mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko honoured the late Senator John McCain's at his memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday. Both McCain family and the U.S. Senate invited Klitschko to remember the Senator.

Family members and friends of John McCain, his 106-year-old mother, senators and Congress members, staff and global leaders attended the funeral remembrances . The ex-presidents George Bush Jr. and Barack Obama delivered the eulogies.

“John McCain was a man whose life story can inspire many a book - about his youth, military service and career in politics. He was a warrior, a true patriot, a man of high moral principles,” commented Klitschko to journalists. “By the way, few people knew about John McCain's love for boxing. He was instrumental in the passing of the so-called Muhammad Ali Act, a law designed to balance the leverages of boxers, promoters and managers. This law is very important and protects the rights of boxers. Senator often attended both my and Wladimir’s fights,” said Vitali Klitschko.

He also emphasized his appreciation of both the political support and guidance of John McCain. “When I moved on after sports, he continued to support me also as a politician. I highly appreciate his counsel. Tips and ideas of an experienced political heavyweight are precious,” remarked Klitschko.

He stressed that Ukraine lost a great friend who always believed in and backed our country. “His entire life he fought for democratic values. And we highly appreciate that during the Revolution of Dignity John McCain was together with us on Maidan and supported our aspirations for free and democratic society. The memory of him will always be in our hearts,” said Vitali Klitschko.

Before the ceremony at the National Cathedral Klitschko paused briefly to talk to the former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Special Representative of the U.S. State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker, ex-mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani, the former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and other politicians.

This week John McCain is being memorialized at ceremonies in Phoenix, Arizona and at the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC on Friday.

Sen. McCain will be buried on September 2 at his alma mater, the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.