WWII veteran gets motorcycle escort send-off from capitol

Published: Jun. 13, 2018 at 5:16 PM CDT
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Sidney Walton's goal is to visit all 50 state capitols and meet each governor by the time he turns 100 in February. Nebraska is the 8th stop on his tour.

On Wednesday, Walton left Lincoln, but he didn't do it alone. Close to 100 motorcyclists came to the capitol building to escort him to his next stop in Hastings.

Glenn Shriner organized the motorcycle escort. He said it meant a lot to him to be able to honor the veteran's service.

"I was actually reading a news article about him thinking about how it would be an honor to meet him and shake his hand when the phone rang," Shriner said. "It was actually his son, Paul, calling to ask if we could organize this for his dad."

Shriner said he put a post out asking all riders to come and several answered the call. Each one shook Walton's hand and thanked him for his service.

Walton said he made sure he wore Harley-Davidson colors to meet the bikers. Shriner said that mutual respect made him emotional.

"To see that he respected me as much as I respected him, that was crazy," Shriner said.

Sidney's next few days will be spent touring the state, then heading to Tennessee. Sidney and his son post updates his journey on his website