SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – As of Friday, the Shelby County Veterans to Washington, D.C. Committee has sent 10 groups of military veterans to the nation’s capitol.
Veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars left from the Emergency Management Building in Sidney at 8:00 Friday morning.
The trip, lodging, and meals for the vets are free. The business community and private donations, plus, volunteer and caregiver dollars pickup the cost.
They boarded two escorted chartered buses with their caregivers and some volunteers, winding their way through the streets of Sidney, past a proud line of well wishing citizens, including Mayor Mike Barhorst.
“My father was a veteran of World War II, his father a vet of World War I. It’s personal in that he made the trip before he died, it’s one of the things he talked about to the end”, said Barhorst.