President Donald Trump was in Colorado Springs Thursday for the Air Force Academy commencement speech. When he arrived at Peterson Air Force Base, the president took some time to talk to some local veterans.
“I think Roosevelt was one of the best, but I think this man we have right now, President Trump, is like him, he is for this country,” said Sgt. 1st Class Odell Plylar, a World War II veteran.
Plylar, better known as Jack, said he was honored to meet the President. He was ushered to the front to meet the President at the bottom of the tarmac.
“It’s really something to get to shake the hand of the man that leads this country,” Plylar said.
Plylar served in WWII from 1942 to 1946. He was a Sergeant First Class in the Army.
“I made it back in one piece and thank God every day for that,” Plylar said.
In 2015, Plylar received the French Legion Of Honor from France. He received the award along with five others, for helping free France from the Nazis. It is the highest award France offers.
The President called Plylar by his name and took the time to take a picture with him–something Plylar said is a memory he will remember forever.