EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One of America’s oldest World War II veterans is on a mission to tour the country before his 100th birthday.
Sidney Walton, 99, is taking what he calls a “No Regrets” tour across the United States.
Walton visited The Rhode Show Wednesday to share his story. After living with regret, Walton said he has chosen to make it up by traveling across America before he turns 100, allowing everyone the opportunity to meet a World War II veteran.
In 1940, the year before he joined the Army, Walton missed a chance to meet a few of the last surviving Civil War veterans in New York City’s Central Park.
“I don’t want anyone to regret not meeting a World War II veteran in their lifetime,” Walton said during his Rhode Show appearance.
During his travels, Walton said he plans to not only meet the governors of all 50 states, but to also meet them in their capital cities, including Alaska and Hawaii. He plans to complete his trip at the White House in Washington, D.C. on his birthday, Feb. 11.
In the above video, Eyewitness News Analyst Lt. Gen. (ret.) Reginald Centracchio explains the importance of meeting a World War II veteran.
Will Gilbert contributed to this report.