Vietnam veteran Senator John McCain was in Northwest Arkansas to deliver remarks at an event honoring past and present members of the United States military.
According to nwahomepage, Sen. McCain was in Bentonville to speak at a Walmart sponsored event "to recognize and honor those who have served and are currently serving in the United States Military."
McCain is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, "and launched a 22-year career as a naval aviator upon his graduation." While serving in the U.S. Navy, McCain's plane was shot down by the North Vietnamese in 1967. He was a prisoner of war for a number of years in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton."
McCain has served in the U.S. Congress since 1982 and was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2008.
Jodi Cole, a resident of Bentonville, Ark., attended the Veterans Day celebration held in Bentonville on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Cole found out about the event after reading a notice in the local paper, which, Cole said, "noted that Senator McCain would be there to honor the local veterans."
Courtesy of Jodi Cole
File photo: Sen. John McCain showing the Veterans Day celebration audience the bracelet that he wears. Bentonville, Ark. Nov. 10, 2012
"Senator McCain is such a great patriot and I very much enjoyed listening to him speak," said Cole. "He honored all past and current men and women serving in our armed forces. He gave special recognition to the WWII veteran's in the audience."
When asked which comments by McCain really hit home with her, Cole recalled that "He also made a comment about a bracelet that he wore that was given to him in 2006 by a mother who had just lost her son in Afghanistan. He said that he'd worn it ever since, to remember and honor the memory of the fallen soldier."