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World War II veteran acknowledged by President Trump at Phoenix rally

Posted at 8:03 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 22:17:52-05

PHOENIX — It was one of the biggest moments of President Trump's visit to the Valley. A one hundred year old World War II veteran getting a helping hand to his seat.

"Ervin Julian, Ervin thank you," said President Trump to the crowd as Ervin Julian was lifted into the air.

It was quite a night for the 100 year old world war two veteran.

Acknowledged by the President on stage after an act of kindness caught his attention.

"I figured he was just part of the crowd trying to find a seat," said Larry Thorpe.

Army Veteran Larry Thorpe was one of the first to get into the rally after camping outside all night.

He and a man named Jason Frank were walking to the snack bar when they stumbled into Ervin.

"Ervin almost fell on me, as we were coming up the stairs he was coming down and Jason spun around and we just scooped him up," said Thorpe.

Thorpe says he wasn't sure where Ervin was sitting assuming it was close by.

"Next thing I know he's going to the bleachers behind the podium," said Thorpe who said he was just trying not to trip as they walked down the stairs.

As they carried him towards the stage, the crowd went wild.

Ervin, who's mind isn't as sharp as it used to be reacted to the video.

"It's unbelievable, really, see he's carrying me out," said Ervin watching the video along side his son Steve.

Ervin served in the Navy from 1940 to 1944.

Attending the rally alongside his son and grandson.

"Next thing you know they break out into a USA chant," said Steve Julian.

Thorpe, Frank and Ervin would remain side by side for the remainder of the rally.

Getting applause on stage, meeting Trump Jr, getting signed hats from the president and even given a presidential challenge coin to honor the moment.

It's something none will soon forget but something Thorpe believes is in us all.

"This is who our country is, at least it's who I'd like to believe our country is, and it's the country I like to live in," said Thorpe.