Colin Powell took to Facebook on Thursday to share a heartwarming story that involved a veteran and a flat tire.
The retired four-star general of the United States Army was on his way to an appointment at the Walter Reed military hospital for an exam when the front left tire of his vehicle blew out. Powell began the work to change his tire and a man pulled up next to Powell to help him out.
“As the man got out of his car, I could see that he had an artificial leg,” Powell wrote. “He said he recognized me and wanted to help me.”
Powell, 81, learned that the man, a veteran, lost his leg in Afghanistan where he worked as a civilian employee.
The man later reached out to Powell on Facebook, with Powell sharing what he wrote:
"Gen. Powell, I hope I never forget today because I’ll never forget reading your books. You were always an inspiration, a leader and statesman. After 33 years in the military you were the giant whose shoulders we stood upon to carry the torch to light the way and now it is tomorrow’s generation that must do the same. Anthony Maggert.”