With cane in hand and braces on his knees, retired Army Col. Michael Malone walked the shiny black and white marble tiles of the Capitol building’s National Statutory Hall.
It was hours before the July 4 concert and fireworks show and the building was closed for the holiday. But Malone was one of dozens of wounded veterans and their families invited to watch the celebration and pyrotechnical display from the historic building’s west terrace. As the rain fell outside, he and his wife Jennifer wandered the room filled with statues of presidents and dignitaries, stopping every so often to read the plaques on the effigies.
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