It’s never too late to say Thank You. It’s never too late to show respect and let the world know how proud you are of your service member. Even after they pass, your thanks and respect are a powerful message to others who have served, and others who are serving now. Today we are saluting Vincent Cortese of the United States Navy. This salute was suggested by Vincent’s granddaughter Jasmine Meade. She had originally sent me a message a few months ago, letting me know that her grandfather was one of the oldest surviving veterans of the Navy from World War II. Between the time she sent that message, and this salute you’re hearing now, Vincent Cortese passed away. He was 96 years old, and he was indeed one of the oldest surviving veterans of the Navy from World War II. Vincent was born in 1923 in Texas, and he joined the Navy Air Corps in August of 1941. Granddaughter Jasmine says her grandfather earned many medals during his service in the Navy, and he was very proud of them all. Vincent served his community well for his entire life and is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. Today we salute Vincent Cortese of the United States Navy. He was a member of the Greatest Generation, and a member of the greatest military the world has ever known.