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Master Sergeant gives his son his first salute in viral video

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A Marine master sergeant gives his son his first salute upon commissioning as a second lieutenant in a viral video that has amassed over 3 million views on Tik Tok.

“I’ve watched you grow and mature and become the man that you are today,” Master Sergeant Michael Fisher said to his son. “You have always been respectful by saying, ‘Yes, sir, no sir; yes ma’am, no ma’am.’ A salute is a sign of respect. It is a privilege to render you your first salute.”

Fisher raises his right hand to salute his son while holding back tears.

“It’s even a greater honor to say congratulations, sir, for your commission.”

Fisher is an instructor with the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program and his son is now an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

The video was shared to Twitter and it warmed the hearts of many viewers.

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Associated Press reporter James LaPorta tweeted the video with the caption, “Master Sgt. Michael Fisher gives his son his first salute upon commissioning as a second lieutenant. A significant moment if you look at the racial diversity within the officer corps of the U.S. military.”

Many were critical of LaPorta’s caption. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said, “This is a significant moment regardless of anyone’s skin color. This is a beautiful and inspiring moment between a father and his son. Gotta love it.”

Special Forces Operator Tim Kennedy also replied to LaPorta, “You are blinded by racism. Don’t ruin this perfect moment.”

“A great moment, tarnished by reducing it to nothing more than a commentary about race,” another user wrote.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Kyle Rittenhouse Found ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts

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After three and a half days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts. “Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin” reports The Washington Post.

Rittenhouse testified during the trial during which he  became so emotional he was unable to speak in between sobs as he attempted to describe the shootings. The judge called a brief recess for Rittenhouse to regain composure.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”

National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all counts.

National Review reports:

“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.

He was initially indicted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.”

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