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McCain to receive Truman Good Neighbor award

Sen. John McCain is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee
Sen. John McCain is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee AP

U.S. Sen. John McCain will receive the 2016 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.

The Arizona senator, who served as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2008, will be honored on Monday, May 9.

Directors of the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Foundation selected McCain “because of his many years of leadership on critical issues relating to international and military policy,” foundation president Karl Zobrist said in a written statement.

“In delivering his views with candor and sincerity, he exemplifies both the spirit and high principles of President Truman.”

The annual award, given on or near the former president Truman’s May 8 birthday, has been presented since 1973.

Previous recipients include former presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford, former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, network news anchor Walter Cronkite, historians David McCullough and John Hope Franklin, and actor Gary Sinise.

Individual tickets for the ceremony, to be held in the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, cost $100 per person. Reservations are required. For information, call 913-722-1211.

Brian Burnes: 816-234-4120, @BPBthree

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