Walton joined the Army at the age of 21, nine months before Pearl Harbor. Walton, now 101, has been traveling the country with the goal of meeting all 50 governors and anyone who wants to meet a World War II veteran before it’s too late. So far, he has visited 35 governors and met with President Trump in the Oval Office.
Walton launched his “No Regrets Tour” in 2018 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and has since met with the governors of Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, just to name a few.
Sidney always harbored a lingering regret that he did not meet Civil War veterans during the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Grappling with this, he decided to make up for it by giving Americans the chance to meet a World War II veteran before it’s too late, so no one will regret not meeting one of these representatives of the Greatest Generation.
So in April 2018, at the young age of 99, he set off with his son Paul on a “No Regrets Tour” to visit all 50 states and all 50 governors, starting with Rhode Island. Sidney has since met 36 governors, two heads of state and countless Americans around the country. His No Regrets Tour also reminds Americans of the rapidly shrinking number of World War II veterans.
Though a journey marked with personal stakes, Sidney’s trip has been full of fun surprises. At the 2020 Super Bowl, he joined three other 100-year-old veterans to flip the ceremonial pre-game coin. Just a week later, for his 101st birthday, Sidney headed to New York City where he was received by City Hall for a birthday salute. Mayor Bill de Blasio capped the festivities with a declaration proclaiming the day as “Sidney Walton Day.”
In this 75th anniversary year of the end of WWII, Sidney is reminding everyone of the courage it took and the sacrifices soldiers made to save this great country.
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