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Volunteers give back to local WWII vet

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OOLTEWAH, TN (WRCB) -  Richard Harris holds back tears as he listens to the National Anthem in front of his Ooltewah home.

“I love my country. I really do. And nobody better bother it,” Harris said.

It's part of a ceremony put on by GM/Chevrolet and 28 volunteers to honor this World War II Navy veteran.

Jeffery Sullivan helped coordinate the event. He's a veteran himself and believes more should be done for our country's heroes.

“We want to make sure people don't forget about WWII veterans. They saved the world. We're living in freedom today because of veterans like Mr. Harris and other people like him,” Sullivan added.

Volunteers spent Thursday painting, hammering and cleaning up the landscape around the home the 89-year-old shares with his wife. All things he says would have taken him a lot longer to complete.

“They saved me about a year's work. It would have taken me that long to do the work they've done,” Harris added.

For volunteers like Kent Borough the decision of whether or not to help came easy.

“Probably the most impactful thing for me is he didn't ask for any help, but he was gracious in accepting it,” Borough said.

“I don't deserve to be treated this well, but I appreciate it,” Harris said.

A small gift of gratitude that doesn't compare to the one he's given his country.

The group raised $7,000 for the project but only spent about $4,000 of it on materials. They decided to give the leftover $2,500 to Harris and his wife to take a vacation—Something the couple has never been able to do.

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