Cecil Chapman (foreground) served in the military but not during wartime, so he feels personally that he isn’t a “real veteran.” When he explained that to John McKee, who recently died, McKee got him the Cold War Veteran cap he is wearing and told him “now you are a real veteran.” John McKee’s widow, Audrey, sits near the curb. Wearing the “Honoring John McKee American Patriot” sign is Chapman’s wife, Eva Chapman. The hand-lettered sign was made by Arlene Noyes, 85. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Cecil Chapman (foreground) served in the military but not during wartime, so he feels personally that he isn’t a “real veteran.” When he explained that to John McKee, who recently died, McKee got him the Cold War Veteran cap he is wearing and told him “now you are a real veteran.” John McKee’s widow, Audrey, sits near the curb. Wearing the “Honoring John McKee American Patriot” sign is Chapman’s wife, Eva Chapman. The hand-lettered sign was made by Arlene Noyes, 85. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Everett’s corner veteran flag-wavers honor one of their own

Evergreen Troop Support Group members turned out to remember Vietnam veteran John McKee, 79.

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