World War II vet on a mission to encourage sharing stories

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) A 100-year-old World War II veteran is in Vermont encouraging people to preserve the stories of those in the armed forces.

Sidney Walton served in the Army and fought against the Nazis in Europe. After regretting not meeting some of the last Civil War veterans back then, he hopes to inspire others to hear the stories of veterans now. Walton and his family have been traveling across the country meeting with the governor of every state.

For stop number 24, the family visited in Montpelier and Governor Phil Scott, whose own father was also a World War II vet that survived as a double amputee.

With Veterans Day less than a week away, Scott says it's important to recognize the sacrifices of veterans and to hear their stories before they pass away.

"Now he wants to turn that into something positive by telling the story to others about what happened during that conflict so people don't forget. I think it's important people tell the stories of conflicts so we don't repeat and we learn something from that," he said.

Walton says even though he was born in New York, Vermont remains one of his favorite states.

From 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Walton will be at the Hotel Vermont in Burlington to meet people from across Vermont.