Navy recruit’s first salute came from grandad with Alzheimer’s
(BIKER DAD)–A Navy recruit’s first salute came from his grandad with Alzheimer’s. Nicholas Allen wanted his grandfather to attend his graduation. But since he couldn’t Nicholas made the trek to South Carolina to get his first salute from his grandfather, GMA reports.
Good Morning America said “Gail Allen, 78, enlisted in the Navy out of high school and served for 13 years, only leaving the service so he could gain custody of his two sons, one of whom is Nicholas’s father, Ret. Lt. Colonel Kenneth Allen, who served 24 years in the U.S. Army.”
Nicholas’ father, Kenneth is a professor at West Point, “my mother was determined that there was no way my dad’s uniform was going to fit, and it fit perfectly,” he told GMA. “We put it on him and he came out and he was standing taller than he has in years. My mother was in tears.”
The salute was captured on camera in the eldest Allen’s backyard last week.
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