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One of the legacies George McGovern will long be remembered for was his strong opposition to the Vietnam War. He ran his unsuccessful 1972 Presidential campaign on it.
The politicians who spoke at his prayer service and funeral this week say history will show McGovern was right.
In the 1970's McGovern became most known for his outspoken opposition to the growing U.S involvement in Vietnam.
At McGovern's prayers service Thursday night, Vice President Joe Biden spoke quietly during most of his remarks, but raised his voice when he talked about McGovern and Vietnam and how he stood up to his senate colleagues and the President about ending the war.
"Your father had more courage is his little finger than 95 percent of those guys who continued to fight a war we never should have fought in the first place," Biden said.
Biden said McGovern, who was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II, led the effort to get Americans out of Vietnam.
"Had your father never been in the Senate, the country would have remained mired in the Vietnam War for longer and so much more blood and so much more treasure would have been wasted," Biden said.
At Friday's funeral, Jim McGovern, who is no relation, served as an aide in the office of George McGovern. He called McGovern a tireless champion for peace.
"You can be damn sure he wouldn't try to prove his manhood by prolonging a war we shouldn't have started in the first place," Jim McGovern said. "I don't know how long it will be until we have a president who feels like that, he was right, our country missed a great opportunity in 1972."
It was a message that resonated with many 40 years ago and still echoes today. A legacy that will follow McGovern to his grave.
McGovern will be buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. alongside his wife and daughter.