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Wounded soldier delivers ‘the most beautiful salute’
Cincinnati native’s struggling gesture during Purple Heart ceremony stirs up emotions, buzz
As the Purple Heart presentation began, Hargis struggled to move his right hand and lift it into a saluting position. Military protocol calls for a soldier to salute when he receives the Purple Heart.
A doctor tried to restrain his right arm. It was, alas, a losing battle.
“He had no idea how strong and driven my husband is,” Taylor Hargis said.
In pain from his wounds, still groggy from surgery, bandaged, hooked up to yards of tubes and without opening his blue-green eyes, Hargis delivered what his wife described as “the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen.”
The commanding officer told her the salute left everyone in the room in tears.
Let us all learn from his spirit.