Mississippi World War II vets head to Washington D.C.

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A group of American heroes are about to jet on over to Washington D.C. for a trip down memory lane.

For some, it will be the first time they see the World War II monument which was built in their honor.

"It was a wide, wide war but everybody at that time was really patriotic. That's the way it was, everybody was really excited about saving this country," said Robert J.H. Polson.

Polson is reminiscing about World War II, a significant time in American history, which he will forever be linked to. Polson, a veteran of the Navy, is heading to the Capitol on The Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight, with 90 other World War II veteran's to see the Memorial built in their honor.

"I am really excited about going! We are going to visit the World War Two Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, The Korean and Vietnam Memorial, we will visit the Iwo Jima Memorial, and our last stop will be at the Arlington National Cemetery while they are changing guards," said Polson.

Polson, a Laurel native said the trip will be an emotional one, bringing back tons of memories of friends from his hometown who also served, but have passed on.

"I know I am the first one from the Laurel and Jones County area to go on this Honor Flight and I feel like I had so many buddy's that have passed on or was killed during the war and I feel like I am going for those guys, there was a lot of men in Laurel who chose the Navy."

His military journey started in Pensacola, Florida and took him across the globe to Africa and Italy. He was 17 when he joined the Navy and ended his military career with 30 years of service.

It was a really good time in my life, I enjoyed it and I never was badly hurt, I got banged up a little bit along the road but it was okay."

The second Mississippi Honor Flight takes off for Washington D.C. early Wednesday morning from Gulfport.

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