A big honor for a patient at the Saint Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center Saturday. "The flag we are about to fly in his honor was flown on an Air Force mission over Afghanistan on an F-16 fighter jet," said Roland Bigelow, a VFW Commander.
"I started listening to his stories and realized what a treasure he is," explained Doug Carriger. "He" is 90-year-old Jim Eaton, a WWII veteran and the focus of Saturday's ceremony.
Eaton experienced the horrific attack on Pearl Harbor -- and was later stationed in Europe serving directly under General George Patton. But, his service decades ago-- is not lost with those serving today."I'm very glad this could happen," Carriger said.
Doug Carriger, a Vietnam vet, is Eaton's former roommate at the Rehab center where the two became close friends. The war stories they shared at the hospital were passed along to Carriger's son, Timothy, who is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. Timothy took it upon himself to fly the flag all over Afghanistan.
"Of course I was honored to have the flag carried around in my honor," said Eaton.
A color guard ceremony presented Eaton with the flag and a certificate of honor. A mark of distinction that Eaton can now add to the other honors he's achieved during his lifetime. This Veteran says despite the awards, he's just proud to have been able to serve our country.