Watch: Gay World War II Veteran Says ‘Good Riddance’ to DADT

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Tear-jerker alert, everyone.

On the eve of the official repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on September 20, which finally allows gay and lesbian troops to serve openly, the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) met in Atlanta for a Retreat Ceremony.  Included in their lineup of poignant speakers was gay WWII veteran Jack Strouss who gave a moving speech to the crowd of about 200, stealing hearts in the process.

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Watch the oh-so-satisfying video of his speech above, where Strouss finally gets to say “good riddance” to the military policy. You should also probably have some tissues handy for the waterworks.

“I actually never thought I’d live long enough to this day,” the 88-year-old also says. We’re so glad you did, Jack Strouss.

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