99-year-old WWII veteran visits Nebraska on national tour
A 99-year-old World War II veteran who skipped the chance to meet some of the nation's last Civil War veterans is visiting Nebraska as part of 50-state tour to make up for his lingering regret.
Sidney Walton, of San Diego, chatted with Gov. Pete Ricketts at the Nebraska Capitol on Monday as part of a tour to ensure that people have a chance to meet a World War II veteran.
“Our World War II veterans, like Sidney Walton, are ‘The Greatest Generation,’ that bravely served our country at a time when freedom was under siege around the globe,” said Governor Ricketts. “Sidney’s travels to all 50 states will help reconnect Americans with the history behind the war, and the heroes who were a part of it. It was an honor to host Sidney here in Nebraska, and we wish him well as he travels the nation.”
Walton was born in New York City in 1919 and served in the U.S. Army in Asia during the war. He says his one regret in life is passing on the chance to meet Civil War veterans in Manhattan's Central Park the year before he enlisted in 1941.
“Mr. Walton's tour is raising awareness that time is running out to connect with veterans from the ‘Greatest Generation’ and memorialize their stories and the wisdom they have to pass down," said NDVA Deputy Director John McNally. “Today's event was a reminder to reach out and make connections with the veterans in our communities. Our agency meets amazing men and women every day and has the honor of serving them. I highly encourage everyone to reach out to the veterans in your lives.”
Nebraska is home to approximately 3,900 World War II veterans.