Region 8 WWII vet among visitors to Washington D.C. this weekend - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Region 8 WWII vet among visitors to Washington D.C. this weekend

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:06:28 GMT
    (WMC) - It was a story that made its rounds on social media. On a recent flight DeAngelo Williams, Mid-Southerner and running back for the Carolina Panthers, gave his first-class plane seat to a 77-year-old
    Family members are upset and hurt that their relative, James Wesley Bolden, is being called a liar and "a fake."
  • Cracking the pricing code: Price tag secrets will save you money

    Cracking the pricing code: Price tag secrets will save you money

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-07-18 16:27:37 GMT
    You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag.
    You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag.
  • UPDATE: Police release details on fatal wreck near Trumann

    UPDATE: Police release details on fatal wreck near Trumann

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:15:10 GMT
    Arkansas State Police say two people died Monday morning when their vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 63 near Trumann. 
    Arkansas State Police say two people died Monday morning when their vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 63 near Trumann. 

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Since the government shutdown began national parks have been closed to the general public.

Veterans, however, did have access in the nation's capital this weekend.

World War II veterans from across the United States traveled to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial.

Leo Childers, 89, was one of five men from Jonesboro who were part of the group. "It was a fantastic trip. We enjoyed it thoroughly," he said. "It was far greater than I thought it would be."

Childers volunteered for the Marine Corps in January 1943.

"I was tough and I was a good football player," he said. "I was tops, so I thought that was the top outfit to get into so I did."

He left for the war six hours after he got married. He says the seeing the crowd in Washington D.C. that was there to honor him and the thousands of people who served and sacrificed was overwhelming.

"I was quite flabbergasted at the people that met us, and cheered, and hollered, and shook my hand and hugged my neck. It was very impressive."

Childers said he and the other vets heard there was a chance they would not get to see the memorial because of the government shutdown. He says they did not consider the possibility of a block or barricade a problem.

"We could handle that," he said. "(We would) take it down, and if any men around there didn't like it they could go down with it."

The veterans traveled to the WWII Memorial free of charge, courtesy of the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving American veterans the opportunity to travel by plane or bus to visit their memorials.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.