Parris Island, South Carolina (CNN) — Charles Burns steadies himself, using the arms of his wheelchair, before pushing up into a standing position.
His wife, Lisa, places a firm hand under his frail arm, helping him to his feet.
Once upright, Charles places his hand across his heart as the band plays the national anthem at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, the training facility for all Marine recruits east of the Mississippi River.
The former chief petty officer in the Navy, who served a one-year tour of duty as a crew member on patrols along the Mekong River Delta in South Vietnam during that war, had just one wish for Father’s Day — to watch his son, Ryan, graduate from Marine Corps boot camp.
On Friday, his wish came true.
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"Dying Vet’s Wish To See His Son Graduate From Boot Camp Comes True"