The National Father’s Day Council will honor the late Sen. John McCain at its annual awards next month.

McCain, who died of brain cancer in August 2018, will receive a Father of the Year award on June 13 at noon at the group’s luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel. Also to be honored at the event will be Tom Kingsbury, president, chief executive officer and chairman of Burlington Stores Inc.

The son and grandson of Navy Admirals, McCain served as a naval aviator for 22 years following his 1958 graduation from the Naval Academy. While on his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, his plane was struck by a missile, forcing him to eject, which resulted in him breaking both arms and one leg. McCain then spent years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, where he was subjected to torture and denied medical treatment.

Following his release, McCain served as a naval liaison to the Senate. He retired from the Navy in 1981 with naval honors including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1986. During his time in office, McCain served as chairman of the Senate Committees on Indian Affairs; Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Armed Services. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2008. 

He is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren.

“Senator John McCain led a life of dignified service, from his time as a Navy pilot to his long and principled career in the U.S. Senate, where he was known for his honesty and forthrightness,” said Dan Orwig, president and ceo of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council. “We are humbled to honor Senator McCain, a true American hero, who displayed an unwavering commitment to both his family and our country.”

It is not known at this time who will accept the award on his behalf but it is expected to be one of his children.

The Father’s Day luncheon will once again benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and Action Network. To date, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council has donated more than $30 million to charities nationwide.

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