A 101-year-old World War II veteran flew to Colorado this week to commission his grandson at the young man's Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. The photos from the event are simply wonderful.
Army Air Force veteran Walter Kloc commissioned his grandson Joseph Kloc.
Let's think about our historical moments for a second. This is almost certainly the last time a WWII vet will participate in their grandson or granddaughter's commissioning ceremony. Hell, it's probably the last time a WWII veteran will participate in a great-grandson or great-granddaughter's commissioning ceremony.
Walter's appearance in Colorado Springs was an increasingly rare opportunity for the next generation of military officers to connect with their WWII predecessors.
Walter's son (and Joseph's dad) William traveled with his dad from Amherst, New York for the graduation. William told local TV station WGRZ that Walter served as both a bombardier and a pilot for the Army Air Force during WWII.
Just how old is Walter? When he was born, the United States was fighting in World War I. He's so old that he was able to enjoy an automotive industry career with General Motors. He likely retired in the early 1980s, long before many of you were even born.
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Jackie Melendrez couldn't be prouder of her husband, her sons, and the fact that she works for the trucking company Iron Mountain. This regional router has been a Mountaineer since 2017, and says the support she receives as a military spouse and mother is unparalleled.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 40-foot-tall (12 meters) cross-shaped war memorial standing on public land in Maryland does not constitute government endorsement of religion, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that leaves unanswered questions about the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.
The justices were divided on many of the legal issues but the vote was 7-2 to overturn a lower court ruling that had declared the so-called Peace Cross in Bladensburg unconstitutional in a legal challenge mounted by the American Humanist Association, a group that advocates for secular governance. The concrete cross was erected in 1925 as a memorial to troops killed in World War One.
The ruling made it clear that a long-standing monument in the shape of a Christian cross on public land was permissible but the justices were divided over whether other types of religious displays and symbols on government property would be allowed. Those issues are likely to come before the court in future cases.