In George McGovern's 90 years of life, he inspired people all across the world—some he didn't even know.
Today those people shared their stories of the impact the former senator had on their lives at McGovern's Celebration of Life service.
"I can't begin to tell you the lessons I learned in watching this man," said Senator Tom Daschle.
"There are millions of us all over the country who consider ourselves George McGovern's children," said Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts.
"I just feel sorry for his family and all the people in South Dakota whose lives he's touched," said Brandon resident Sherry Matinmas.
People from across the nation came to celebrate the life of George McGovern today, filling all 1800 seats in the Washington Pavilion.
From political dignitaries to family and friends, today's speakers not only honored his amazing career, they also remembered his inspiring spirit.
"George McGovern was a great man, but more importantly, he was a good one," said Congressman Jim McGovern.
"A peacemaker, a humanitarian, a teacher, a minister, a congressman, a senator, a voice for the voiceless and a champion for hungry children," said Senator Daschle.
"George McGovern was the voice of consciousness for our country for our time," said Senator Gary Hart of Colorado.
McGovern's impact reached across the world, all the while remaining a political pillar in South Dakota.
"George McGovern was the standard of our state, he's number one and we will miss him…he should be an inspiration for everybody in the state to try to do the best they can in life," said Sioux Falls resident George Lee.
For McGovern that meant representing the Democratic party at the highest level.
"I believe America would be a better place had George become president of the United States," said Senator Daschle.
As we continue to celebrate McGovern's life, his friends and family are taking comfort knowing his legacy lives on.
"Deep down, I know George McGovern is in a better place, he's with Eleanor, he's with Terry and Steve, and who knows, he may even be President," said Congressman Jim McGovern.
Friday, August 1 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:19:37 GMT
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