WWII Veteran stops in Omaha on tour of all 50 states

Posted at 5:08 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 18:19:34-04

One of the oldest living WWII Veterans is in Omaha this weekend.  99-year-old Sidney Walton.

Walton is on a "no regrets tour" with his son, Paul.

He regrets turning down the opportunity to meet Civil War veterans in 1941, at New York’s Central Park, just before he joined the Army.

Now, his mission is to give everyone in the country, a chance to meet a WWII veteran while they still can.

“Because I naturally like to meet people,” Walton said. 

“For years people have been coming up to my father and thanking him for his service,” Paul Walton said.  “But he is also opening himself up to people that have never had an opportunity to meet a WWII Veteran."

Walton is meeting with the governors of all 50 states.  Monday, he will meet with Gov. Pete Ricketts in Lincoln.

His last stop is the White House in February, on his 100th birthday.

Walton would love to meet as many people as possible this weekend in Omaha.  He will make stops at the Old Market and Aksarben Farmer’s Markets, Arts Festival and Santa Lucia Festival.