Veterans Recognized By Wal-Mart Stores

Sam’s Club CEO John Furner welcomed 104-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Jim Downing to Bentonville Friday at the retail giant’s annual Veteran’s Day event held at its headquarters.

Downing told Talk Business & Politics he made the trip from his Colorado Springs home earlier this week to speak at Friday’s event. He said staying active in honoring veterans has long been important to him. Downing is believed to be the second-oldest survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Stationed on the U.S.S. West Virginia docked at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7,1941, Downing said a wide range of emotions swept through his body on that fateful day. The first he said was utter surprise.   MORE

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