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Retiring mailman’s heartwarming sendoff goes viral

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Beloved U.S. Postal Service employee Floyd Martin, who retired Thursday, has been delivering mail to the same community of residents in Marietta, Ga., for more than two decades.

On his last day, a local journalist joined him on his route, and the heartwarming sendoff has gone viral.

As they embarked on his route on Thursday, hundreds of people in the neighborhood he has served expressed their gratitude.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jennifer Brett’s initial tweet documenting Martin’s last day garnered more than 100,000 likes and nearly 40,000 retweets.

Martin, who lives in Atlanta, joined the postal service a few years after graduating high school when he was offered the job making more than twice what he was making at a bank, Brett reported. She added that it was his mother’s idea to join the U.S. Postal Service. He ultimately worked as a mailman for 35 years.

Martin decided last summer would be his last on the job because he was “done with the heat,” Brett tweeted.

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Several people on his route spoke of Martin’s kindness, saying he would often go above and beyond what was asked of him. He would feed the pets along the route, bring newspapers to doorsteps, and offer lollipops to the children, Brett reported. She wrote that one girl even dressed up as Martin on her school career day.

Martin said it “touched his heart.”

On his last day, people on Martin’s route decorated their mailboxes with ribbons, balloons and congratulatory signs wishing him the best and writing, “We love you.”

At the end of his last shift, more than 300 people gathered in the neighborhood for a surprise block party in his honor.

“My people are so good to me,” Martin said. “I’m going to miss them.”

Martin said he has known some of the people at the block party since they were babies; many of them stood in line for hugs and photos with him.

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Martin said the sendoff was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for him, Brett reported.  She wrote his parting words were, “Continue to take care of each other, and smile when you think of me.”

A fundraising campaign was created Friday to help Martin fulfill his retirement dream of taking a trip to Hawaii. The campaign surpassed its goal of $5,000, raising nearly $20,000 in just 6 hours.

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Delta Air Lines offered to take care of his flight, responding to the Twitter thread documenting Martin’s last day on the job.

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Gold Star widow discusses husband’s ultimate sacrifice ahead of Memorial Day

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The wife of a Marine and veteran firefighter who died following a suicide bombing in Afghanistan said Friday her husband “just did the right thing.”

Shannon Slutman, the widow of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, told “Fox & Friends” her husband was the “most humble man you ever wanted to meet” and always “did what was right.”

“He just did the right thing,” Slutman said. “He didn’t expect anybody to put him up on a pedestal, [or] to put it on Facebook.”

She said Sgt. Slutman was once given an award by the FDNY but didn’t tell anyone about it.

“One of his best friends was so angry with him because he didn’t tell him,” she said.

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She recalled telling her children in the wake of their father’s death he “would want us to be strong and live every day to the fullest because that’s exactly what he did.”

Sgt. Slutman died April 8 near Bagram Airfield, a U.S. military base. Two other members of Slutman’s Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit also were killed.

Shannon Slutman said she was overcome with gratitude for the amount of people who came out to express their condolences after her husband’s casket was returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

She said firetrucks and people with American flags lined roadways and overpasses along their journey back to New York City.

“Private citizens, firemen, police, all the first responders, I mean, it was an extremely emotional experience,” she said.

Frank Siller, of the Tunnels to Towers Foundation, joined Slutman on “Fox & Friends” to show his support for the Gold Star widow and her family.

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Siller said his foundation is hoping to help the Slutman family pay off its mortgage.

“What a sacrifice by a husband, a superhero,” he said. “Someone who not only serves his country, also a New York City firefighter who serves his community.”

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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Georgia neighborhood celebrates mailman’s retirement after nearly 35 years

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A job well done.

US Postal Service employee Floyd Martin has been delivering mail to the same community of residents in Marietta, Ga., for more than two decades. As of May 23, Martin is retired, but on his last day, friend and local journalist Jennifer Brett joined him on his last ride.

“Floyd Martin retires after nearly 35 years as a mailman tomorrow. I went with him on his route today,” she tweets from her account @Jennifer__Brett.

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According to Brett, Martin graduated from Marietta High School in 1975, and joined the USPS a few years later when they offered him a job with twice what he was making at a bank.

“I was like, ‘OK when you do want me to start?’ ” he tells Brett.

Brett reports stories of Martin’s kindness as told by those on his route: feeding his neighbors’ pets, bringing their newspapers to the doorstep, offering lollipops to children.

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“Kids on his route love, love, L-O-V-E Mr. Floyd. Little Mae Bullington dressed up as Mr. Floyd on the day her school had career day,” writes Brett.

“I was so flattered,” he tells her. “It touched my heart.”

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In a Twitter thread with more than 20 updates, Brett also shares images of his customers, their children and even their pets coming greet Martin on his last day of work, offering him parting gifts and even decorating their mailboxes with balloons and notes of congratulations.

During their ride together, the unmarried father to dog, Gigi, confesses to Brett that he’s always wanted to go to Hawaii. Naturally, a fundraiser began to help sent Martin on an island vacation. More than $3,000 has already been pledged through a GoFundMe campaign since May 23.

At the end of the day, more than 300 residents of the community came to congratulate Martin at a pot-luck block party in his honor. There he posed for pictures with longtime customers and the kids he’s watched grow up.

“Now you guys are as tall as I am!,” he tells them.

At the end of the evening, he said a few words to the adoring crowd.

“You were there when I needed you, even if you didn’t know it,” he tells them. “Continue to take care of each other, and smile when you think of me”

This story was originally published by the New York Post.

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VA Sec. Wilkie: We’ve ‘changed out leadership’ at VA centers, proposed largest budget

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Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Thursday he has focused on putting in place people at the V.A. who “understand the culture and know the language of service.”

Joining Harris Faulkner for a live interview on “Outnumbered Overtime,” Wilkie was asked about how he has tackled one of the major issues plaguing the department for years: long wait times for veterans seeking health care.

Wilkie said President Trump authorized him to propose the largest budget in the history of the department, $220 billion, while making changes to V.A. leadership at medical centers around the country.

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“If someone wasn’t walking the post, getting to know the people who worked for her or him or getting to know those veterans, they had to leave,” he said.

Wilkie said wait times for veterans are now as good or better than in the private sector.

“It was simply a result of us putting people in place who had that sympathetic history with those who wear the uniform. I think that’s the foundation for all,” he said, going on to speak about the MISSION Act, which passed in Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support and strong backing from service organizations.

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Wilkie said the law, which goes into effect June 6, allows veterans the option of seeking private care if they do not live near a V.A. facility or they are unable to get the necessary treatment through the V.A.

“It will be a new day for all those partners who worked together for veterans’ health,” said Wilkie.

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Trump awards highest honor for bravery to public safety officers

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President Trump awarded the Medal of Valor to 14 public safety officers on Wednesday; the medal is the nation’s highest honor for bravery by a public safety officer.

“Every officer, firefighter and first responder who receives this award embodies the highest ideals of service and sacrifice, character and courage,” Trump said during the White House ceremony.

Trump presented the award to a group of officers who responded to a shooting at a southern California polling place.

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Eight men from the Azusa, Calif., police department were honored for placing themselves in danger and saving the lives of civilians and fellow officers during the shooting on Election Day 2016.

When they arrived at the polling place, a person was shooting from a house across the street from a park. An elderly woman had been killed and a man lay wounded on a sidewalk. Two vehicles had collided and a woman in one of the cars was critically injured. The shooter was eventually killed and the officers were credited for preventing other deaths and injuries.

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The recipients from the Azusa, California police department were: Retired Lt. Xavier Torres; Sgt. Seth Chapman; retired Sgt. Terry Smith Jr.; Sgt. Thomas Avila III; Sgt. Rocky Wenrick; Cpl. Andrew Rodriguez Sr.; senior officer Carlos Plascencia; and detective Manuel Campos.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Wilfred McClay: The genius of American patriotism

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There is a strong tendency in modern American society to treat patriotism as a dangerous sentiment, a passion to be guarded against. But this is a serious misconception. To begin with, we should acknowledge that there is something natural about patriotism, as an expression of love for what is one’s own, gratitude for what one has been given, and reverence for the sources of one’s being.

These responses are instinctive; they’re grounded in our natures and the basic facts of our birth. Yet their power is no less for that, and they are denied only at great cost.

Another one of the deepest needs of the human soul is a sense of membership, of joy in what we have and hold in common with others. Much of the time, though, the way we Americans talk about ourselves takes us in the opposite direction.

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We like to think of the individual person as something that exists prior to all social relations, capable of standing free and alone, able to choose the terms on which he or she makes common cause with others. Even our own battered but still-magnificent Constitution, with its systemic distrust of all concentration of power, assumes that we are fundamentally self-interested creatures. This does capture some part of the truth about us. But only a part.

For among our deepest longings is the desire to belong, and it is an illusion to believe that we can sustain a stable identity in isolation, living apart from the eyes and ears and words of others. Our nation’s particular triumphs, sacrifices, and sufferings — and our memories of those things — draw and hold us together, precisely because they are the sacrifices and sufferings, not of all humanity, but of us alone. In this view, there is no more profoundly American place than Arlington National Cemetery or the Civil War battlegrounds of Antietam and Shiloh.

America can be hard to see. So there is a vital tension in the makeup of American patriotism, a tension between its universalizing ideals and its particularizing sentiments, with their emphasis upon memory, history, tradition, culture, and the land.

This quality of particularity is, in its own way, a different kind of universal. It is simply the way we are. It is part of the human condition and is something that we share with the peoples of nearly all other nations. It is universal precisely because it is not universalistic, just as the love of one’s own parents or one’s family or one’s spouse is universal precisely in its particularity. All parents love their children, but my parental love and obligations are directed at my own. And that is as it should be.

All enduring civic affections must be built from the inside out. Something similar holds true for countries and for patriotism, even American patriotism. Yet this aspect of American patriotism is not always well articulated, particularly in academic settings. One will have better luck finding it in popular culture, in songs and fictions where one can find the more primal aspects of American patriotism expressed with great directness and vividness.

America can be hard to see. So there is a vital tension in the makeup of American patriotism, a tension between its universalizing ideals and its particularizing sentiments, with their emphasis upon memory, history, tradition, culture, and the land.

The genius of American patriotism permits both to coexist, and even to be harmonized to a considerable extent, therefore making them both available to be drawn upon in the rich, but mixed, phenomenon of American patriotism. It would be a mistake to insist on one while excluding the other. They both are always in conversation with one another, and they need to be. And that conversation, to be a real and honest one, must include the good, the bad, and the ugly, the ways we have failed and fallen short, not merely what is pleasing to our national self-esteem.

But by the same token, the great story, the thread that we share, should not be lost in a blizzard of details or a hailstorm of rebukes. This is, and remains, a land of hope, a land to which much of the rest of the world longs to come.

The mixed patriotism that the United States has brought into being is one of the bright lights of human history, and we should not allow it to be extinguished, either through inattention to our ideals or through ignorance of our story.

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So we have a responsibility before us. We must know both, not only our creed but also our culture. We need to take aboard fully all that was entailed in our forebears’ bold assertion that all human beings are created equal in the eyes of the Creator and that they bear an inherent dignity that cannot be taken away from them.

But we also need to remember, and teach others to remember, the meaning of Lexington and Concord, and Independence Hall, and Gettysburg, and Promontory Summit, and Pointe du Hoc, and Birmingham, and West Berlin, and countless other places and moments of spirit and sacrifice in the American past — places and moments with which the American future will need to be conversant and will need to keep faith.

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Veteran, 87, honored at his Publix job for Armed Forces Day

One Korean War veteran was recently surprised with a celebration in honor of his military service at the Florida Publix, a surprise that he described as “one of the best days” of his life.

On May 17, a Publix in the city of Plantation went all-out for a patriotic bash in honor of front-service clerk George Davis, reps for the company told Fox News.

On Friday morning, Davis’ family, fellow staffers and friends gathered to surprise the octogenarian with a proper salute in honor of Armed Forces Day, which falls this year on May 18.

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On May 17, a Publix in the city of Plantation went all-out for a patriotic bash in honor of front-service clerk George Davis, reps for the company told Fox News. (Publix)

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Davis fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, WPLG reports. For the last twelve years, the 87-year-old has worked at the supermarket, where he is affectionately known as “Mr. George.”

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For the last twelve years, the 87-year-old has worked at the supermarket, where he is affectionately known as “Mr. George.” (Publix)

Recently, Davis took an honor flight to Washington, D.C. with several of his “army buddies” who served in World War II, Vietnam and Korean wars to tour all three war memorials  – an adventure he descrbied as one cherished close to his heart.

“It’s hard to explain, but it was one of the best days of my life,” the vet said of the special trip, as per Publix. “This [party] is number two,” he added with a laugh.

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Recently, Davis took an honor flight to Washington, D.C. with several of his “army buddies” who served in World War II, Vietnam and Korean wars to tour all three war memorials  – an adventure he descrbied as one cherished close to his heart. (Publix)

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At the big event, the proud American was presented with a commemorative letter and pin by Publix Vice President John Goff for his service.

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Davis even showed off his physical prowess with a set of push-ups against a cashier checkout counter. (Publix)

Enjoying food, a red, white and blue cake and good company at the soiree, Davis even showed off his physical prowess with a set of push-ups against a cashier checkout counter.

“Give us ten, soldier!” one of the merrymakers cheered him on, as per Publix.

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Massachusetts veteran, 72, embarks on cross-country walk to support other vets

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A 72-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran is on a one-man mission to make sure ordinary Americans don’t forget about the needs that returning combat veterans require.

William Shuttleworth, of Newburyport, Mass., embarked on a six-month walking trek across the country with just one message: “Vets Don’t Forget Vets.” He left Wednesday from Haverhill, Mass. and will end more than 3,000 miles away in California.

“I will average about 25-30 [miles] per day, which is like walking a marathon a day,” he told Boston 25. “I will probably average 500 miles a pair of shoes so I’ll probably go through six or seven pairs.”

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Shuttleworth said he plans on stopping and visiting other veterans across the country to learn about their stories and journeys.

“I’m particularly concerned about the number of homeless, veterans that have mental health issues and the number of veterans that every day struggle with opioid and alcohol issues,” he said. “I consider it a privilege and an honor, lucky enough to be healthy to do this.”

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The 72-year-old man plans to camp out throughout his journey. He plans to arrive at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif. by Halloween.

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Ohio veteran awarded military honors 50 years after service due to bureaucratic error

An Ohio veteran was given numerous military awards on Friday, nearly 50 years after he served in the Vietnam War.

Staff Sgt. Timothy Shelton, 70, received the Purple Heart among six other awards in a ceremony presented by Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican.

It took almost 50 years because of a clerical error made after he was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1971. Shelton had been injured in Vietnam, but the clerk who processed his information found no evidence he had been wounded. Instead of pushing back, he decided to leave and not speak of it again, according to Stars and Stripes.

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“I said the hell with it, and came home,” Shelton said. He never expected his military record would be changed.

According to Stars and Stripes, the series of events leading to the ceremony began when he needed help regarding a disability claim, so he reached out to Portman’s office for help.

They gave him a DVD of his military record, which showed he had been wounded.

It also gave Shelton the evidence needed to prove he was wounded in Vietnam, a necessary requirement for being awarded a purple heart.

Purpleheart.org defines the criteria for the award as “members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy.”

In 1968, Shelton decided to enlist in the Army after a weak job market. Stars and Stripes reported he was wounded in May 1968 when a land mine exploded during a patrol in Chu Lai, injuring six of his platoon members and killing one.

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A young Shelton poses for a photo in front of the American flag. He served in Vietnam from 1968-1969. (Fox 19)

The explosion launched shrapnel into his chest. He survived and was airlifted to safety, eventually returning to active duty before leaving in 1969. After Vietnam, he served as a drill sergeant for basic training at Fort Leonardwood in Missouri.

“He served his country in Vietnam,” Stars and Strips reported Portman saying at the ceremony. “He served honorably and he did his duty and for us he has earned the Purple Heart.”

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Other awards he received at the ceremony included: the Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and the Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar and Machine Gun Bar.

“I don’t think I need to be recognized,” he told Stars and Stripes before the ceremony. “This isn’t about me. The guys who need the credit didn’t come home.”

After the ceremony he realized how special the moment was to him.

“Appreciative for one thing,” Shelton told fox19. “Everything that was done here today was really an honor to me.”

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Substitute singer apologizes after ‘worst rendition’ of national anthem goes viral

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A North Carolina man issued an apology this week for what many have called the “worst rendition” of the national anthem, sung Sunday during an independent minor league baseball game.

Chuck Hayworth was a last-minute fill-in for the scheduled singer, who had gotten sick, when he belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a game between the Atlantic League’s High Point Rockers and Sugar Land Skeeters in High Point, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

In a Facebook post, Hayworth said “the heat had gotten to me” and that his “leg began to cramp” in the middle of his performance.

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“By no means was this any disrespect to our country or our organization, nor all those who serve it,” he posted.

“By no means was this any disrespect to our country or our organization, nor all those who serve it.”

— Chuck Hayworth, substitute anthem singer

Hayworth noticeably struggled, as he botched up the words, took long, awkward pauses and asked the crowd to chime in.

The Barstool Sports blog tweeted a video of the performance. As of Friday morning, it had been viewed 173,000 times.

The Rockers issued a statement saying “the rendition was not up to organizational standards” and offered apologies to “any and all Americans,” WFMY-TV reported. Team officials said several voice coaches have reached out to offer their services to Hayworth in hopes that he would like to redeem himself, the paper said.

The team said it would consider having Hayworth come back once he’s had a few singing lessons.

Other singers more notable than Hayworth have also struggled with the nation’s most well-known song. Roseanne Barr’s infamous singing of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a 1990 baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres is considered one of the worst  — and arguably, most disrespectful – renditions ever.

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During her performance, Barr was showered with boos. She grabbed her crotch and spat on the pitcher’s mound afterward. President George H.W. Bush called her actions “disgraceful.”

Other less controversial, but cringe-worthy performances include track and field legend Carl Lewis and singer Fergie.

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