In the spirit of Veterans Day, which is this upcoming Sunday, we’re throwing it back to 2013 when a touching video posted online went viral. In the video, a Marine Veteran and Grandfather is seen saluting his Granddaughter, who is also a Marine, asking for “Permission to Hug”. The ceremony was held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia on August 9 of that year.
The Marine pictured is 2nd Lieutenant Charlotte Williams from Boca Raton, Florida. According to the website of her alma mater, Dartmouth, Williams was a history major and graduated in 2013. She was a member of the swim team, setting four school records, and also found time to intern at the Department of Justice.
When asked about her thoughts on serving Williams said at the time that she “enjoyed being a leader of the swim team; [and] she hoped the experience [would] translate to being an officer in the military. Williams said she asked [herself], “am I really ready to give up that camaraderie? I realized that I really wasn’t.” She says her decision often is met with surprise.
“As a female, I’ve heard a lot of ‘You can’t do this, you can’t do that,’ ” says Williams. “My response is, why can’t I? I’d like more women at Dartmouth to consider the military as an option.”
We salute both retired Staff Sargent James Williams and 2nd Lieutenant Charlotte Williams for their service to our country and this amazing video. We’ll be posting more heartwarming stories like this for Veterans day. If you have any you think we missed please feel free to send them to us using our contact page.