President Donald Trump welcomed Allen Q. Jones, a 94-year-old World War II veteran, to the stage during his Tuesday speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention.
When Jones reached the stage, he went to the podium and said being there was one of the highlights of his life.
“This is one of the highlights of this 94-year-old man,” Jones said.
Jones continued on to tell the crowd about his family’s service and sacrifice to the country during World War II.
“I had four brothers serve in World War II. My oldest brother was lost off the coast of Italy. Many times I just wish that he could come back to the land of the free and the home of the brave again,” Jones said. “I’ve given to the Veterans of Foreign Wars 70 years of my life.”
The crowd then erupted with cheers and applause.
“Mr. President, I want to ask you something. I’ve been told that I could never enter the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. I am going to be 95 years of age April 11th of next year. Hopefully you’ll allow me to bring my family into the Oval Office.”
The crowd again erupted in cheers and applause.
Trump leaned forward and said “yes” and then smiled.
“One last thing, Mr. President,” Jones said as the crowd laughed. “I want to tell you, Mr. President, this group knows not to give the microphone to Alan Q. Jones when he’s at the state convention or the national convention.”
“I asked you to autograph this picture personally because this was taken with you when you were running for election as the President of the United States.”
“Thank you. That’s so beautiful,” Trump said as he pulled out a pen to sign the picture.
“God bless you, Mr. President. I wish you well in the future,” Jones said.