Veteran Can't Believe What He Saw On His Lawn After Someone Noticed His Hat

A veteran of World War II used to visit a military landmark regularly, but due to health reasons he was told he would no longer be able to make the trip. When Muhammad couldn't go to the mountain, the mountain came to Muhammad.

Well, at least, the mountain’s representatives.

Ernest Thompson served on the USS Missouri during WWII, and would often go visit the USS Iowa, the Missouri's sister ship. The ship is just 15 minutes from Thompson's house and he looked forward to his visits.

Now getting up in his 90's, Thompson's health is beginning to decline. He had a nasty fall earlier this year, and he hasn't been able to walk or stand since. He had to finally call it quits on the short trip he loved to take.

The Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center wanted to give the veteran a more fitting send-off. A group of chief selects marched up Thompson's street and sang the Navy's marching song, "Anchors Aweigh."

After serenading Thompson, the chief selects lined up to shake his hand. Thompson was blown away by the surprise.

"My grandfather told me that it was one of the best days of his life," wrote Thompson's grandson on Facebook.

A video of the incident went viral, with more than 4 million views. Thompson's grandson was inspired. "I am so surprised and overwhelmed at the attention that it has received. I was so incredibly impacted by this that I felt other veterans should be able to experience this too," he said.

Source: KTLA
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