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Past stories, future legacy shared at McGovern funeral service

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We heard from many speakers who shared stories of the late Senator George McGovern. Many talked about his past and how we should be honoring his legacy in the future.

As George McGovern's casket is brought front and center, pictures of him and his family are projected on a large screen. One of the first to speak is Monsignor James Doyle from the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.

"We mourn his departure but yet we dance as we remember the legacy we left behind. Our state, our country, our world is better because of the footprints he has left behind," Monsignor James Doyle said.

Words many took to heart including Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern who called George a treasured friend for well over 35 years.

"For many of us, it's difficult to say good-bye. It was always comforting to have him around, reminding us we can do better, making it seem possible we can end all wars, eliminate hungry, eliminate poverty and create a world where all God's children are respected, valued and loved," Jim McGovern said.

Just one of many strong and powerful statements but there were also moments of laughter. Jim McGovern and George McGovern aren't related. It's just a coincidence they became friends. The congressman talks about how many people thought George was his dad.

"People would often tell me they're long supporters of my father. They always seemed shocked when I told them my dad owns a liquor store in Wooster, Massachusetts (laughter). I urged them to keep supporting him (laughter)," Jim McGovern said.

The congressman mentions McGovern's generosity, his passion, his kindness and his way to help millions of people put food on the table every night.

"There are millions of people around the world who are being fed. Not starving to death, who have hope because of George McGovern's actions," Jim McGovern said.

And that hope carried inside this very room.

"We love you senator," Jim McGovern said.

As many sit, bowing their heads to say their final good-byes, they're honoring the fact they just knew him.

"So rest in peace dear friend. The world is better because you passed our way and we're all worse without you," Doyle said.

The funeral service lasted 2 hours.

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