UPDATED 6:41 AM PT — Mon. August 27, 2018
Vietnam is remembering late Arizona Senator and war veteran John McCain for his role in normalizing relations between the two countries.
From Monday until Wednesday, people in Vietnam can share messages in a book of condolences at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.
The country’s foreign minister wrote: “McCain was a symbol of his generation and the veterans of the war.”
Back in 1967, his Navy aircraft was shot down during a bombing mission and he was captured as a prisoner of war. McCain spent over five years at the infamous prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, where he was reportedly tortured.
“He was a warrior, he was also a peace maker, and of course he fought and suffered during the Vietnam war, but then later as a senator he was one of the leaders who helped bring our countries back together, and helped the United States and Vietnam normalize our relationship and now become partners and friends,” stated Daniel Kritenbrink, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.
The U.S. mission in Vietnam plans to launch a fellowship in honor of McCain for a young Vietnamese leader committed to public service to travel on a U.S. study tour.
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