NEW YORK (CIRCA) — World War II veteran Cpl. Sidney Walton is celebrating his 100th birthday by going on tour. Walton, who turned 100 Monday, is on his “No Regrets Tour,” on which he is attempting to visit governors from all 50 states to remind Americans of the sacrifice made by WWII veterans.
“It’s called the 'No Regrets Tour' for one reason,” said Paul Walton, Sidney's son. “He’s carried a regret all his life that he didn’t have a chance to meet Civil War veterans.”
Walton has visited 19 states so far and has plans to visit President Donald Trump at the White House this month.
“He wants people to know that there are a (WWII veterans) left,” Paul said. “And if people want to meet a World War II veteran, he’s putting himself out there.”
Walton volunteered for the Army on March 4, 194, nine months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was 21 at the time.
“I wanted to fight Hitler,” Sidney said. “And I did.”
According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are about 496,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II still alive.
“This country is really here because of them,” Paul said. “And now that he’s 100 years old today, he’s one of the oldest WWII veterans.”
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