Friday, the family of Vernon Baker -- who was the only living black WWII veteran
to receive the Medal of Honor -- laid their beloved husband, father and
grandfather to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. The following day
they were denied a tour of the White House, an experience Mr. Baker’s widow,
Heidy, described as “ridiculous” and “hurtful.” The reason, according to
Mrs. Baker, was because her 10-year-old grandson, Vernon Pawlik, was not
appropriately dressed. That morning, Mrs. Baker said her grandson chose
to honor his late grandfather by wearing a new white t-shirt with the national
war hero’s photograph, signature and the words, “Lt. Vernon J. Baker n Medal of
t-shirt proved enough for Vernon to be denied access by a member of the White
House staff/Chris D'Angelo, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here. (Related: Baker's roof leaks no more)
- Cutline (& photo from Chris D'Angelo, St. Maries Gazette-Record): Vernon Baker’s widow, Heidy, stands with her daughter, Alexandra Pawlik, and grandson, Vernon Pawlik, in front of the family house in the Benewah Valley.
Question: Are you kidding me?