Over the weekend, a group of volunteers in Washington, D.C., were stunned to see Vice President Mike Pence show up where they were working. He was clad in blue jeans and work boots, a surprising sight, considering his position. His next move, however, was even more stunning.
On Saturday, Americans from sea to shining sea took pause to honor those who have served our glorious country. However, the only effort most people made capped out at a social media post in remembrance of veterans. Not Mike Pence.
Those who had shown up to clean the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday were handsomely rewarded by a visit from the Vice President himself. Mike Pence didn’t just make an appearance to snap a few opportune photos and shake hands, though. Instead, he came to lend a hand scrubbing the wall.
Moving start to Veterans Day. Thanks to @NewDayUSA volunteers who joined @NatlParkService, @SecretaryZinke, Karen & me to clean the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Also inspiring to meet NPS ranger & veteran James Pierce. To all Veterans, we are grateful for your service & sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/2aCacabxax
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) November 11, 2017
The Vice President came dressed to get his hands dirty in a pair of jeans and work boots, showing just how down to earth he remains even after rising to one of the most prestigious positions in politics. Likewise, Mrs. Pence wore a comfortable black jacket, which she accessorized with a patriotic scarf to keep warm in the chilly D.C. air.
Vice President Mike Pence stunned a crowd of military heroes and volunteers Saturday morning when he and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke showed up at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington DC.
Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and Zinke showed up in working jeans, boots and gloves before grabbing buckets and helping volunteers scrub the wall of names, getting it back to shiny and new condition to remember those who gave their lives fighting.
The volunteers were from a company called NewDay USA and they specialize in securing mortgages for military veterans and their families.
Pence thanked everyone in attendance for showing up to scrub the wall and show our veterans that they will never be forgotten by the people of this country. [Source: US Truth Wire]
Pence later delivered a speech honoring veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. After concluding his heartfelt remarks, the vice president placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns monument, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is dedicated to U.S. service members who have died without their remains being identified.
Accompanying the vice president and his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, was Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who is the first Interior Secretary in nearly 50 years with a military background. Most recently, Zinke served in Iraq, where he earned two bronze stars.
Armed with rags, paper towels and a bucket of soapy water, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday in shining up the Vietnam Wall on Veterans Day.
Just after dawn, and in freezing temperatures, the duo joined a crew of volunteers to help wash the black stone wall engraved with the names of the 58,195 American soldiers who never returned from war. [Source: The Salt Lake Tribune]
Veterans Day is an especially poignant holiday for Zinke, who served 23 years as a Navy SEAL and whose job now includes overseeing military monuments on the National Mall, as well as part of Arlington National Cemetery and battlefields where tens of thousands of soldiers gave their lives.
Zinke has a special place in his heart for Vietnam veterans, in particular, because they had the unfortunate luck of fighting in an unpopular war. In fact, when soldiers returned from Vietnam, they sometimes threw their uniforms in the trash before leaving the airport, fearing the backlash.
“A lot of the reason I received what I did and my generation [did] is because you did not,” Zinke told a crowd of Vietnam veterans at the wall on Saturday afternoon, speaking to the respect that service members receive now that Vietnam vets did not. “I think as a nation we should be ashamed at how we viewed your service, your dedication,” he added.
“The monument behind me, I think, is not a tribute to victory or defeat, it’s a tribute to remembrance,” said Zinke. “We should never run away from our history as a country, we should learn,” he concluded.
Thank God, we have good men like Vice President Mike Pence and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Washington. While most of the politicians in D.C. are concerned with personal gain above all else, these two men truly have the best interests of Americans at heart.