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One of the oldest WW II veterans launches nationwide tour

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

One of the oldest World War II veterans is on a mission to meet people across the nation.

Sidney Walton, 99, was overcome with emotion as he kicked off his "No Regrets Tour" in New Orleans.

"Thank you for serving our country sir. We owe it all to you," said a passer-by.

There's a special reason why Walton named it "No Regrets."

"He's always talked about the time he had a chance to meet Civil War veterans that were in their 90s in Central Park," his son Paul said.

Paul said Sidney never took the opportunity.

To make up for it, Sidney and his kids are taking a trip across the nation so people can meet one of the few World War II survivors.

Like his father, Paul also wants to live his life with no regrets.

"I thought every day could possibly be the last, so I quit my job. I spent all my money just taking him traveling. 30 different countries around the world," Paul said.  

Many visitors didn't expect this special treat while visiting the WWII Museum.

"It's people like him who inspire the generation of soldiers coming out now," said James Odeen. "Really inspirational, because I finally get to see my past because I'll be going into the Army, as well, like he was."

Even more special? Meeting another WWII veteran 92 years young.

"I've got stories to tell, and they've got stories to tell, and we're really all on the same page," Mel Price said.

Crowds of people stopped to chat and to show their gratitude. It was an unforgettable experience for all ages and generations to meet a living piece of history.

The Waltons will end the tour at Sidney's birthplace in New York next year on his 100th birthday.

For those who missed him Wednesday, he will also be available Thursday at the Canal street Marriott Hotel from 12-1 p.m.

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