- Harvey Erwin, 94, has voted in every election since 1940
- Voters applauded as the WWII veteran walked to front of voting line
The 94-year-old was standing in line to vote Tuesday
in Joplin, Missouri, when a man behind him spotted his Air Force hat and thanked him for his service. Erwin was a tail gunner in the 781st Bombardment Squadron and flew 25 missions during World War II.
Erwin stumbled a bit when he shook the man's hand, so another voter asked election officials if the veteran could go to the front of the line so he wouldn't have to wait so long, his daughter, Janine Erwin Johnson, told CNN.
"People turned and started clapping all the way to the front of line and saying "Thank you for your service," she said. "It made tears stream down my face because of the recognition to my sweet dad."
The Joplin Globe newspaper captured the moment
as Erwin filled out his ballot with his 3-year-old great-granddaughter beside him.
Erwin told Globe reporter Emily Younker he has voted in every election
since 1940, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran for his third term.
It's my heritage to vote," he said. "You can't criticize if you don't vote."
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