President Keeps His Promise To A 95-Year-Old World War 2 Veteran ‘Beautiful Afternoon in the Oval Office’
President Donald Trump made an important promise to 95-year-old World War 2 Veteran Allen Jones last June. This week he kept that promise! Promises made, and promises kept!
“Beautiful afternoon in the Oval Office today with a few great American HEROES!” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon.
President Trump said the veterans were “great heroes, great warriors, highly respected,” from a time when “we knew how to win wars.”
President Donald Trump hosted four World War 2veterans at the White House. Jones joined fellow centenarians Floyd Wigfield, Sidney Walton and Paul Kriner inside the Oval Office for a visit with Trump on Thursday.
In June of 2018, the retired sergeant had asked the president at a Kansas City VFW event:
“I’m going to be 95 years of age on April 11 of next year. Hopefully, you will allow me to bring my family into the Oval Office to meet you.”
The president had responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!”
Watch that interaction here:
Beautiful afternoon in the Oval Office today with a few great American HEROES! pic.twitter.com/HYEI83NVrm
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2019
One of the men, 101-year-old Floyd Wigfield, of Cumberland, Maryland, managed to win a promise from the president for a return flight on Air Force One following this June’s ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
“We’ll work that out,” the president told Wigfield. “You’ll like Air Force One.”
Sidney Walton, 100, of San Diego, and a medic in the war, told the president he joined the Army to fight Hitler, prompting Trump to reply:
“That was a good reason.”
"That was a great victory," Pres Trump said of World War II. "We knew how to win wars," he told the veterans. "This is a special moment," he said of the veterans visit. pic.twitter.com/8Fb5Uhaenm
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 11, 2019
Walton is on what his family called the “No Regrets Tour,” a personal mission to visit all 50 states and the White House to educate Americans about World War 2 veterans.
Paul Kriner, 103, of Chambersburg, Pa., told the president he participated in 517 days of combat. The president told him he didn’t look a day over 90.
Kriner and Wigfield are working with the Greatest Generations Foundation, which provides veterans with the chance to memorialize their stories and find closure by returning to visit where they served.
Trump described the men as “great heroes, great warriors, highly respected.”
Every day in newspapers across the country, there are obituaries of brave men who served in World War 2.
Day after day, more and more veterans are being honored in obituaries not only for their bravery in war but for living truly honorable lives once returning home.
Every year the number of World War 2 veterans we have left gets smaller and smaller, reminding us all of the harsh reality that fairly soon we will have lost all of the World War 2 veterans left in the United States.
According to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, we are losing almost 400 World War 2 veterans per day.
There were 16,112,566 members of the United States Armed Forces during World War 2. There were 291,557 battle deaths, 113,842 other deaths in service (non-theater), and 670,846 non-mortal woundings.
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There are currently four living World War 2 Medal of Honor recipients.
“I want to be like all of you someday,” @POTUS says, noting some of the vets are 100 or older. “You don’t look a day over 90.,” he tells 103-year-old Paul Kriner, before rolling in his chair to shake hands with a few. (Photo by print pooler @BennettJohnT) pic.twitter.com/OfoJqIKA0o
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 11, 2019
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, around 496,777 American veterans from the war were estimated to still be alive in September 2018.
By the year 2025, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs assumes that there will only be around 57,000 World War 2 veterans left.
Today’s World War 2 veterans are entering into a very new and challenging time in their lives. Many of them are transitioning to assisted living facilities, nursing homes or starting to receive home care.
Supporting these important seniors during this time, just as they supported so many during World War 2 is a great way to keep the connection to these veterans alive.
Thank you President Donald Trump for keeping this important promise. At the same time, thank you for reminding us just how precious these brave Americans are!
While we are still honored to have some of these brave men in our world today, it is important to remember their sacrifice and their service. We MUST remember all that our world will lose when we no longer have these brave individuals in our lives. It is vital that we remember that we have today, the wonderfully blessed lives we live, because these men were willing to give theirs.
Please thank a veteran! Especially those from World War 2!