WATCH Mike Pence Shows Up In Jeans & Work Boots, D.C. Volunteers Stunned By His Next Move
Over the weekend, a group of volunteers in Washington, D.C., were stunned to see Vice President Mike Pence show up where they were working. He was clad in blue jeans and work boots, a surprising sight, considering his position. His next move, however, was even more stunning.
On Saturday, Americans from sea to shining sea took pause to honor those who have served our glorious country. However, the only effort most people made capped out at a social media post in remembrance of veterans. Not Mike Pence.
Those who had shown up to clean the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday were handsomely rewarded by a visit from the Vice President himself. Mike Pence didn’t just make an appearance to snap a few opportune photos and shake hands, though. Instead, he came to lend a hand scrubbing the wall.
The Vice President came dressed to get his hands dirty in a pair of jeans and work boots, showing just how down to earth he remains even after rising to one of the most prestigious positions in politics. Likewise, Mrs. Pence wore a comfortable black jacket, which she accessorized with a patriotic scarf to keep warm in the chilly D.C. air.
Pence later delivered a speech honoring veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. After concluding his heartfelt remarks, the vice president placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns monument, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is dedicated to U.S. service members who have died without their remains being identified.
Accompanying the vice president and his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, was Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who is the first Interior Secretary in nearly 50 years with a military background. Most recently, Zinke served in Iraq, where he earned two bronze stars.
Veterans Day is an especially poignant holiday for Zinke, who served 23 years as a Navy SEAL and whose job now includes overseeing military monuments on the National Mall, as well as part of Arlington National Cemetery and battlefields where tens of thousands of soldiers gave their lives.
Zinke has a special place in his heart for Vietnam veterans, in particular, because they had the unfortunate luck of fighting in an unpopular war. In fact, when soldiers returned from Vietnam, they sometimes threw their uniforms in the trash before leaving the airport, fearing the backlash.