“Give me a chance,” pleaded Dario Raschio, one of the nation’s oldest living WWII veterans at 100 years old, to protesters who interrupted an award ceremony honoring the former naval aviator with several medals.
During a town hall in Portland, Oregon, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) was presenting Raschio with the U.S. Naval Aviator Badge, the World War II Victory medal and the American Defense Service Medal amongst other military decorations when protestors interrupted. The demonstrators chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and “I can’t breathe.”
Raschio was able to deliver remarks after asking the protestors to “show a little respect for this occasion,” a comment that elicited cries of support from the audience. The protesters briefly settled down but resumed shouting immediately after he concluded his speech.