McGovern celebrated as 'conscience for our nation' - KOTA Territory News

McGovern celebrated as 'conscience for our nation'

(AP pool photo) (AP pool photo)
Former Sen. Tom Daschle (AP pool photo) Former Sen. Tom Daschle (AP pool photo)
Former Sen. Gary Hart (AP pool photo) Former Sen. Gary Hart (AP pool photo)

He was everything from a great grandfather to a politician, and hundreds of people gathered Friday afternoon to celebrate George McGovern's 90 years of life.

George McGovern cannot be described in one word, "A peacemaker, a humanitarian, a teacher, a minister, a congressman, a senator, a voice for the voiceless, and a champion for hungry children," said former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

And what he accomplished in life is admired by many. "There are millions and millions all around the world who are being fed who are not starving to death who have hope because of George McGovern's actions," said Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern.

"He called and inspired an entire generation including me to do justice," said Bishop Bruce Ough.

But his actions have not gone unnoticed. "Right now there's a family in Camden, New Jersey that can put food on their table, that's his legacy, there's a little girl in Malawi who's never heard the name George McGovern who has enough to eat and is getting an education, that's his legacy," said Jim McGovern.

"Metaphorically and actually George plowed down the road, his eyes focused on something beautiful and something distant," said Daschle.

His friends say he was a man who lived with passion, and will be missed by many. "Rest in peace dear friend, the world is better because you passed our way," said Reverend Robert Ruedebusch.  

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