WWII veteran, 99, visits Illinois on 50-state capital tour
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ A 99-year-old World War II veteran visited the Illinois Statehouse on a tour to publicize his dwindling generation.
Sidney Walton was in Springfield Tuesday on his “National No Regrets Tour” to visit all 50 state capitals. He plans to culminate the journey on Feb. 11, 2019, with a White House tour on his 100th birthday.
Walton and son Paul began in April. Walton wants to make up for a missed chance to meet some of the last surviving Civil War veterans in New York in 1941, the year he joined the army. He wants people to meet World War II veterans while they can.
Walton visited Gov. Bruce Rauner and had lunch in the newly renovated Governor’s Mansion. He visited the Lincoln Tomb and the Oak Ridge Cemetery war memorials.