Saturday, 1st District Congressman Tim Scott saluted his district’s World war II veterans at the North Charleston Convention Center. Scott says he was hoping to get at least 100 veterans to show up, but says he was happy to see 359 vets turn out to get a certificate of appreciation and a veteran’s pin.
“What better opportunity, while we have so many of them still with us, to say ‘Thank-you.’ My mom tought me to give people roses while they are living, “ Scott says.
He says younger people “need to know what sacrifice looks like.”
Comments from some veterans who attended:
AUDIO: 93-year-old Harvey Wilson Aull of Charleston was in the Navy during World War II.
AUDIO: 85-year-old Francis Boles of Ladson was deeply touched by the day.
AUDIO: Browder Burgess is 92 and from Ladson. He says today’s military in Afghanistan has it tougher than he did during World War II
Reported by Sheree Bernardi, affiliate WTMA in Charleston.