Heartland WWII vets head to Washington D.C. - part 1

Heartland WWII vets head to Washington D.C.
By: Ryan Tate
WASHINGON, D.C. - Thirty-one World War II veterans from southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas spent parts of three days in Washington, DC. The group was part of the "Honor Tour," a trip sponsored by donations so the veterans could see the World War II Memorial, which opened in 2004.
"I just can't hardly talk about it," said James Dement of Poplar Bluff. "I feel like I've had a part of it."
"It is way beyond my imagination. It is something I will always remember," said Milford Slover of Bollinger County.
More than 16 million Americans served during World War II. More than 400,000 died. The World War II Memorial is located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC.
The veterans also toured the city, visiting the U.S. Capitol, the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and other memorials. For many of them it was their first trip to Washington, and for some, it was their first trip to Washington in decades.
The oldest veteran to make the trip was 88-years-old.
The organizers of the Honor Tour are planning another trip this fall with a new set of World War II veterans. If you would like to donate to help make the trip possible, contact Rob Callahan at (573) 785-8461 or (573) 718-1076.