99-year-old WWII Veteran's Mission: Visit Every State

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, right, shakes hands with World War II veteran Sidney Walton at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on May 18. (Mike Groll via AP)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, right, shakes hands with World War II veteran Sidney Walton at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on May 18. (Mike Groll via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A 99-year-old World War II veteran, who regretted skipping the chance to meet some of the nation's last Civil War veterans in 1940, is on a mission to visit all 50 states -- so people who've never met a WWII vet can finally meet one.

Sidney Walton visited Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Albany on Friday, making it five governors the New York native has met since launching his "No Regrets Tour" in March at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

The visit to Cuomo's state Capitol office followed statehouse meetings over the past three weeks with the governors of Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

A year before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1941, Walton passed on a chance to meet Civil War veterans in Manhattan. He says it's his one regret in life.

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