89 yr. old US Rep. Ralph Hall skydives in honor of those who served in military

ROCKWALL – Eighty-nine-year-old U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, the nation’s oldest Congressman, went skydiving over Rockwall for the first time Saturday over Memorial Day weekend in honor of all those who have served in the military.

From high over Rockwall, at about Noon, he jumped tandem with an instructor who is a grandfather and 20-year veteran himself.

To see a video report of his skydive, at KXII-TV, Fox News 12, click here.

The Congressman said that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which lasted about 10 minutes from the time they jumped out of the small plane until they landed.

“I want to do it again,” he said, smiling, dressed in a patriotic flag-covered jumpsuit and bandana.

“I didn’t make up my mind until the night before at that school when I saw all those school children honoring everybody that had been in the service,” said Hall. “This is a jump for them and its great for everybody here in my view and that’s served.”

He added that he’s thankful to be 89. He’ll turn 90 after the Nov. 6 general election.

“And I’m thankful to God that I’m 89 years old, and if I live until November the 20th, I’ll be the oldest guy in history to ever stand on the floor of Congress and make a speech.”

Above photos courtesy of Rep. Ralph Hall’s office and Kenda Culpepper.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher


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