Tucson veterans watch Sen. McCain memorial

Local military veterans say goodbye
Published: Aug. 30, 2018 at 10:01 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 31, 2018 at 5:20 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - In midtown Tucson on Thursday morning, Aug. 30, some two hours away from the services in Phoenix, veterans in Tucson went to their local post to see a fellow veteran remembered and honored.

Near Speedway and Craycroft at the Catalina Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4903, every TV was turned and every person focused on the memorial service for Senator John McCain.

"I like the respect he's getting that he deserves and sadness he's gone," said John Lugauer, a Vietnam veteran himself and member of Post 4903.  He thinks of Sen. McCain as a man that helped out his fellow man. "I just have total respect for the man for what he has done both then and now."

Several blocks away Al Goins a member of American Legion post 36 watched the services for Senator McCain.

"The procession when they were taking him to church and everything it was wonderful," said Goins. "It brought tears to my eyes, I thought he was a wonderful man."

Goins, is also a Vietnam veteran and recipient of 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He agreed that McCain was a war hero.

"He wasn't a perfect man," said Goins. "Nobody is perfect. He served his country and he served the state of Arizona."

It was an emotional site for both men, as Senator McCain left the state one final time.

"He will be missed not only by his family, but people will remember and what he did for the state," said Goins.

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