John Kerry, the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, was one of the many dignitaries in attendance at the coronation of King Charles III on Saturday. However, some viewers couldn’t help but notice something strange about Kerry’s appearance.
Kerry was wearing a traditional morning coat and striped trousers, but he was also wearing a number of military medals, the medals he previously was publicly proud to discard as a show of his allegedly strongly held convictions.
It was back in 1971, a much-younger John Kerry told WRC-TV on November 6, 1971, that he “gave back” the medals he earned with his service in Vietnam. He, along with other anti-war veterans who discarded their honors, Kerry said at the time, “decided to give them back to their country.”
When asked whether he’d returned a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts he received for his combat service, Kerry replied that he had and “above that, [I] gave back the others.”
Kerry was a leader among anti-war veterans including leading them in a protest in Washington, D.C. According to news reports in 1971, “many veterans were seen throwing their medals and ribbons over the fence in front of the U.S. Capitol,” and a handful of outlets “reported that Kerry was among these veterans,” according to ABC News.
Kerry explained his actions like this, “[i]n a real sense, this administration forced us to return our medals because beyond the perversion of the war, these leaders themselves denied us the integrity those symbols supposedly gave our lives.”
Kerry tried to flip-flop on this issue when he ran for the presidency in 2004, denying he had thrown out his medals and trying to rewrite history to change the position he’d made more than thirty years earlier.
It seems like Kerry indeed found them and must have shined them up for the coronation.
So happy to see that John Kerry found his medals pic.twitter.com/oj3z6ETHuS
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) May 7, 2023