During his Saturday evening remarks at the “Celebrate Freedom” concert in Washington, D.C., President Trump paid respects to American veterans — and singled out a few for special recognition.
One of those few was Harry F. Miller, a World War II veteran who had served alongside half a million of his brothers in arms in Belgium during the pivotal Battle of the Bulge.
President Trump began by asking Miller to stand — and every person in the auditorium stood with him, delivering a much-deserved standing ovation.
But then Trump began to tell Miller's story, a story that was like so many veterans who served in that era:
"Like many of the heroes of his generation, Harry wasn't exactly straightforward about his age when he enlisted in the Army Reserve ... shame on you, Harry.
He was just 15, but he told them that he was old enough to join. Then he immediately asked for a transfer to active duty. Six months after he enlisted, Private Miller was on his way to Europe to fight for our country."
Miller was then attached to the 740th tank battalion and the 82nd Airborne division, and faced down the forward line of a German SS Panzer Division ... with just three tanks:
“In a short time, those three tanks had knocked out the first three tanks of the enemy — and the entire German element retreated.”
At that, the crowd chanted “Harry! Harry! Harry!” and applauded wildly as President Trump wished him a happy birthday (Miller celebrates his 89th birthday on July 2) and thanked him for his lifetime of service.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect that the “Celebrate Freedom” concert was in located in Washington, D.C.