World War II veterans go on trip of a lifetime

Dougherty Co. Kiwanis Club helped fund veteran's trip to World War II memorial in Washington D.C.

World War II veterans have their stories.

"I'm thankful we got home. Lord brought us home. One little native came out and saved us from going up the river. We would've got ambushed if we'd gone up that river," says World War II veteran Charles Taylor.

Members of the Georgia Army National Guard say these veterans haven't received the recognition they deserve.

"Their generation was extremely humble, never complained about what they had to go through. To me, it's just a privilege to help them out," says Sgt. Whit Mitchell with the Georgia Army National Guard.

That's why they volunteered to help local veterans on their journey to see the World War II memorial in Washington D.C.

"It was expected and they did the right thing, but maybe they didn't get the right kudos and honor, so this will give them an opportunity to know that we appreciate them," says Mitchell.

Some veterans have seen it before, but other veterans say seeing the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. has been a lifelong dream of theirs.

"It's a culmination of a life's dream for me. I've dreamt about it, prayed about it, and hoped that we could get a chance to see it," says World War II veteran Joe Weintraub.

"I've been wanting to go and I decided it's time to go now. Wouldn't have much time later," says World War II veteran Melvin Collins.

"I've been through the Washington memorials up there twice, but I'm looking forward to seeing it again," says Taylor.

Before they left, the veterans gathered to share stories about a war that created comradery among their generation.

"Tom Brokaw said this is the greatest generation and we are the greatest generation," says Weintraub.

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