Sidney Walton, who just turned 100 and is now one of America's oldest WWII vets, was born Feb 11, 1919 in NYC. He joined the Army in 1941, nine months before Pearl Harbor, and served in India, part of the CBI (China, Burma, India) theater of combat. He returned to New York City in 1946, after completing five years of service.
Sidney regrets missing an historic moment to meet some of the last veterans of the Civil War. To make up for that regret, Sidney is visiting every state's capital to meet all 50 governors and greet millions of patriotic Americans along the way. Just last Thursday, April 11th, he and his family were invited to the Oval Office to meet the President (video).
"As the Greatest Generation passes away, here is one last opportunity to thank Corporal Walton, a member of that generation who served our nation so nobly through its period of greatest need. Their contributions to our nation and to the preservation of civilization itself should never be forgotten." (Rhode Island House Resolution, 4/24/18).
19 GOVERNORS HAVE ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET FOR SIDNEY!!!
1. 4/24/18 - RI Gov. Gina Raimondo (appointed Honorary Brigadier General - video)
2. 4/30/18 - MA Gov. Charlie Baker (honored at Fenway) - article/video
3. 5/4/18 - ME Gov. Paul LePage - video
4. 5/10/18 - CT Gov. Dannel Malloy - video
5. 5/18/18 - NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo - video
6. 5/24/18 - NJ Gov. Phil Murphy
7. 5/28/18 - IN Gov. Eric Holcomb (and Indy 500) - video
8. 6/11/18 - NE Gov. Pete Ricketts - video
9. 6/19/18 - TN Gov. Bill Haslam - video
10. 6/26/18 - KY Gov. Matt Bevin - video
11. 7/3/18 - IL Gov. Bruce Rauner (honored at Wrigley - video)
12. 7/11/18 - FL Gov. Rick Scott - video
13. 9/25/18 - AK Gov. Bill Walker - video
14. 10/5/18 - HI Gov. David Ige - video
15. 10/17/18 - WA Gov. Jay Inslee - video
16. 10/22/18 - OR Gov. Kate Brown - video
17. 12/11/18 - LA Gov. John Edwards - video
18. 12/17/18 - MS Gov. Phil Bryant - article/video
19. 12/18/18 - TX Gov. Greg Abbott - video
20. Seeking sponsorship!
"We owe you a debt that cannot be repaid" ~ Mike, Boston
"Thank you for my freedom!" ~Jacob, Tallahassee
"You are a blessing to this Country!" ~Teresa Marie, Ellicott City
"He deserves this tribute!" ~ Corey, Dallas
"You are, and always will be, the Greatest Generation." ~Rachel, Omaha
Honored by U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Eddie V's, McLean, VA
Earls, Tysons Corner, VA
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, VA (see photo)
Hyatt Regency Restaurant, Capitol Hill
Chart House, Alexandria, VA
Hilton McLean, Tyson's Corner, VA
The Capital Grille, D.C.
Timbuktu Restaurant, Hanover, MD
Westin, Tysons Corner