The public is invited to meet one of the few remaining World War II veterans at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Canteen Bar & Grill at the Quality Inn and Suites.
Sidney Walton, 99, is on a “No Regrets Tour” with his son Paul. In 1941, the year Walton enlisted in the U.S. Army, he missed an opportunity to meet a few of the last surviving Civil War veterans in New York’s Central Park, according to a press release. He said he regrets that to this day. That prompted his current mission to give people throughout the United States an opportunity to meet a WWII veteran while they still can.
The tour kicked off with a press conference on March 23 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. It is scheduled to end at the White House on Feb. 11, the day Walton turns 100 years old.
Walton met Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday. Walton will make an appearance at the state Capitol at noon Wednesday. Then he will travel by motorcade across Nebraska. Over a four-day period, Walton will greet people in the state’s 10 largest cities and Sidney.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to visit Sidney,” Walton said.