A respected veteran is honored by his fellow comrades for his acts of service decades later. This encounter has a surprise ending guaranteed to pull tears from your eyes.
As a decorated veteran of World War II, Ernie Thompson had seen it all. Sadly, he had witnessed one of the most devastating events in history: the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Fellow sailors felt it necessary to remind Ernie he’s just as respected as ever.
Sitting on the porch of his California home, Ernie gets the surprise of his life. A crowd of servicemen marched down the street and stopped directly in front of his door. The men were chanting the classic Navy song, “Anchors Away.”
At nearly 100-years-old, Ernie stood up to salute his fellow sailors. Bursting with emotion, the veteran wept with tears of gratitude. Ernie’s grandson, Jonathan Williams, was there to film the entire event.
“He’s always honored to be around members of the military,” Jonathan said.
The recruits had marched all the way from the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center just to shake Ernie’s hand. All 24 of the men expressed sincere gratitude for the man’s courage and service to his country.
In his younger years, the elderly man served on the USS Tennessee and the USS Missouri. To this day, Ernie studied the history of the military. His favorite pastime? Visiting the Navy museum.
“He’s one of the many veterans in the country that risked their lives to protect our freedom,” Jonathan states. “We have a duty to thank and take care of them.”
Watch the clip below to view the emotional experience.
Source: Inside Edition