U.S. Embassy Hanoi opened a condolence book for Senator John McCain from August 27-29 at the Rose Garden Tower in Hanoi, Vietnam. In honor of Senator McCain's contributions and those of his former U.S. Senate colleague John Kerry, Ambassador Daniel J. Kritenbrink announced U.S. Embassy Hanoi's new McCain/Kerry Fellowship. Each year, the Fellowship will bring a young Vietnamese leader committed to public service to travel to the United States on a study tour.
Ambassador Kritenbrink announced the program on August 26th saying, "On behalf of the United States foreign delegation in Vietnam, I send my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Senator McCain. We'll miss you very much.
"We'll never forget you. Patriot. Warrior. Statesman. Peacemaker. Hero. Senator John McCain was all of those things. He was one of America's most remarkable and influential leaders, who inspired a generation of public servants to make sacrifices for our country in pursuit of a cause greater than ourselves. Just as he was a courageous warrior who fought and suffered during the Vietnam War, Senator McCain was equally as brave in the cause of peace, helping to lead the way in normalizing U.S.-Vietnam relations, thereby ensuring a brighter future for the American and Vietnamese peoples and enabling the partnership that exists between our two countries today. On behalf of the U.S. Mission in Vietnam, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Senator McCain. We will miss him greatly. We will never forget him. We will never waver in our support of the values he championed.
"In honor of Senator McCain's contributions and those of his former U.S. Senate colleague and long-time collaborator on U.S.-Vietnam issues, John Kerry, the U.S. Mission in Vietnam will launch the McCain/Kerry Fellowship. Each year a young Vietnamese leader committed to public service will travel on a U.S. study tour, deepening ties between our peoples and furthering the positive legacy of Senator McCain."
Editor’s Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.