By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Clayton Schmidt hadn’t worn the uniform in 60 years.
It still looked good on him.
The 85-year-old, who served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1953, was one of 27 veterans honored Monday during Emerald Pointe Senior Living Community’s annual Veterans Day salute.
“I got out in 1953,” Schmidt said. “This is the first time I’ve worn it since. It feels good.”
Schmidt joked he had to wear the uniform because he had to obey the “direct order” to put it on for the ceremony, which this year saw all veterans in attendance get a lapel pin courtesy of Senior Helpers in Salem.
Schmidt, who spent his last two years in the Army stationed in Germany, had to retrieve the uniform from granddaughter Tyler Duran’s foot locker.
Like other veterans, Schmidt was grateful and humbled by the recognition.
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