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Brad Paisley Pays Tribute to Sen. John McCain


After Sen. John McCain passed on Saturday many country stars headed to social media to express their gratitude for his service to our country. But, Brad Paisley decided to pay tribute to McCain during his concert in Bristow, VA.

After singing “When I Get Where I’m Going,” Paisley faced a photo of McCain which was being projected onto a screen on stage and silently tipped his hat. The gesture resonated with the crowd as they rose to their feet to show their appreciation for McCain and Paisley’s fitting tribute.

McCain, who died at the age of 81, was a veteran Navy bomber pilot who crashed during a mission over Hanoi and was held as a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years in Vietnam. During his captivity he endured torture that left him with lifelong disabilities.  The Senator was a maverick of conservative politics, as well as, a twice-defeated presidential candidate.

Paisley also thanked McCain on his social media writing, “We lost an American hero today. Thank you for your service to our country, and your bravery, Sen. McCain.”

McCain’s passing drew a number of posts on social media from supporters and those who opposed his political agenda, but all thanked him for his service to our country. A post from Tim McGraw, who admittedly was not a huge fan of the senator’s politics, simply wrote: “A true American Hero and patriot. We may not have agreed on everything but he’s a better man than I could hope to be.” McGraw added, “Such a needed voice right now. His voice still rings.”

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