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Sen. Daschle one of many speakers at McGovern funeral service

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A celebration of life service for the late Senator George McGovern inside the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls ended just after 3 p.m. Friday. It lasted a full two hours.

"A peacemaker, a humanitarian, a teacher, a minister, a congressman, a senator, a voice for the voiceless and a champion for hungry children," Senator Tom Daschle said.

Strong words from close friend Senator Tom Daschle summing up the man George McGovern was.

Daschle first talked about McGovern's past, dating back from the late 1950's.

"He won a seat in Congress. He became the first democrat to be sent to Washington D.C. from South Dakota in 22 years,"

And it's what he did while he was there that put him on the map.

"Over the past several months, passed legislation than anyone of the more than 44 new members who would come in at the same time," Daschle said.

And Daschle explained McGovern continued to fight for his constituents.

"They were South Dakota families, barely holding on, common working people and all over the country. They were Native American. They were poor, hungry people that others often over looked," Daschle said.

Speakers talked about McGovern's stance on ending world hunger.

His funeral service, a celebration of life was at times emotional. Pictures of him and his family are projected on a large screen right under his casket. Many people admired he didn't back down especially if he believed in something. Daschle has a name for that.

"McGovernism means believing in basic American values, democracy, justice, the dignity of honest work, tolerance and never hesitating and embracing those values even when they are not popular," Daschle said.

And it's that kind of personality that made him stand out and made many miss him even more.

"Our glory is we had a friend named George McGovern," Daschle said.

McGovern was married to the love of his life, Eleanor. She died just five years ago. He also lost two children. Daschle said he loves the thought of George being with his wife and two children now.

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