A U.S. veteran who scored a high-five from Melania Trump after being awarded the Legion of Honor medal for his D-Day heroics 75 years ago has revealed that he wanted to give the First Lady a hug on stage ‘but just froze’.
The Daily Mail reports,
Harold Terence, 95, was in France on Thursday to receive his honor as part of the 75th D-Day commemorations to mark the anniversary of the greatest military invasion in history.
He received his Legion of Honor medal from French President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony near Omaha Beach in Normandy where the majority of U.S. troops fell on June 6, 1944.
While Terrence also received a congratulations from President Donald Trump during the ceremony, it was the veteran’s interaction with the U.S. First Lady that had him most excited.
He briefly met Melania on stage when they shook hands and he was later filmed reaching out for a high-five as the First Lady crossed the stage to take her seat.
‘I met Melania this trip on the stage and I sort of messed up. I bet my friend a breakfast that I would get a hug from her,’ he said.
‘We shook hands and my daughter took a picture and I froze. I wanted to put my arms around her but I didn’t. I know she would have Ok’d it. I froze and I didn’t do it. We have the picture of just me and her holding hands and then getting a high five from her.’
Terrence said that he wasn’t a Trump fan and prefers Nancy Pelosi, but he respected the President’s office and was ‘very overwhelmed by his presence’.
Born and raised in the Bronx in New York, Terrence enlisted in the army when he was 19 and served as a radio operator during WWII. ON D-Day Terrence was working with the 350th fighter squadron, which was badly hit with only half the planes returning.
Terence, who now lives in Florida, is an enthusiastic globetrotter having recently been to Alaska and even the Burning Man festival. Fittingly, he said if he was going to take one more trip in his life it would be to the country he helped liberate.
The 95-year-old watched on from the stage on Thursday as Trump paid tribute to the brave men who fought in the Allied invasion of France and described them as the ‘very greatest Americans who will ever live’.
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