Former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) was honored in Washington D.C. on Wednesday for his military service, and during the ceremony Dole put the NFL to shame.
Dole, a World War II veteran, received the Congressional Gold Medal, "the highest civilian honor — for his service to the country as a soldier, legislator and statesman," Fox News reported. President Donald Trump referred to Dole as "a patriot, a hero, [and] a leader," as he spoke of Dole's record of serving the American people.
Born in 1923, the 94-year-old was a pre-med student before he enlisted in the Army and served in the European theater shortly after enlisting. During his time in the military, Dole was seriously injured trying to save another soldier while fighting in Italy. The injury left him with a nearly unusable right arm.
During the ceremony, Dole, who is confined to a wheelchair, refused to sit for the national anthem, with someone assisted him in standing up from his wheelchair. Dole's decision to stand, despite his physical limitations, comes at a time when standing for the national anthem has become "controversial" due to the anthem protests led by NFL players.