Sep 15, 2015 11:15 PM

Flightless Honor Flight: Ceremony comes to Manchester veteran too sick to go to WWII Memorial

MANCHESTER - World War II veteran Richard Jowders lived through history, but Tuesday he made a little of his own.

"We bring WWII vets down to the WWII Memorial at no cost to them to see their memorial in Washington, and he couldn't make it," said Joe Byron of Honor Flight New England. "So, we're going to bring it to him today."

A first for the organization who took to Manchester's V.A. Hospital to surprise Jowders.

"I can't wait to see his face," said Susan Warren. "I know it's just going to touch him. Touch his soul."

The plan came together after the organization learned poor health would keep the 90 year-old from joining 60 other veterans on a flight to Washington, D.C. later this month.

Tuesday fellow veterans and family members lined the halls of the V.A. hospital greeting Jowders with applause.

A film afterward on the World War II Memorial reminded Jowders of his storied past.

"When I saw the show here, I thought, 'I was there, and I went.'"

For a man some say comes from the greatest generation it was an all around great day.

"I'm at a loss for words. I don't know what the heck to say."


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