long overdue

Washington, August 8, 2017 Contact: Katie Webster (202-225-3164)

Last night, Southern State Community College in Hillsboro was packed with friends and family as Lt. Col. Harry Shoop, a World War II veteran, received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star that he earned in the Philippines in 1945.  Take a look:

Photo Credit: Highland County Press  

 Photo Credit: Highland County Press 

At the end of the ceremony, Harry left us with these words of why he believes America is always worth fighting for:

"I give thanks, in my humble way, to the United States of America and the people in it because you are the people that are America. I'm proud of each and every one of you, and I'm proud of the ones I've known in the past. The United States of America will always come first." 

Thank you, Harry, for your service to this country. It was an honor to be a part of this inspiring event. 

P.S. You can watch the full ceremony, here