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Walking with McCain

Photo submitted by Fmr. U.S. Army Lt. Richard Hill
Several years ago, in Phoenix, John McCain was part of a veterans’ group walking in a Memorial Day parade. When they paused in front of Fmr. U.S. Army Lt. Richard Hill, he extended his arm hoping McCain would shake his hand. He did, said Hill, and he held it firmly while inquiring if he was a veteran. “Yes,” said Hill, a Nevada County resident. “But I have never served in combat.” McCain replied, “You’ve served your country well, please walk with us.” “I’ve never forgotten those thoughtful words and the man who spoke them,” said Hill.
Photo submitted by Fmr. U.S. Army Lt. Richard Hill

Several years ago, in Phoenix, John McCain was part of a Veteran’s group walking in a Memorial Day parade. When they paused in front of me, I extended my arm hoping he would shake my hand. He did, and held it firmly while inquiring if I was a veteran.

“Yes”, I said, “but I have never served in combat.”

He replied, “you’ve served your country well, please walk with us”.

I’ve never forgotten those thoughtful words and the man who spoke them.


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