Seventy World War II veterans from Indiana will fly to Washington, D.C., Saturday to visit the memorial that pays tribute to their service to the nation 70 years ago.
For two of them from Bartholomew County, it will be the trip of a lifetime.
"I never dreamed that I would get to go to the capital of the United States," said Chester Caffee, 88, of Newbern. "I've never had nothing this good happen to me, and I want it to happen before I go."
Time ran out for millions of his fellow servicemen. In just the past four years, the number of surviving WWII veterans dropped from about 5.7 million to about 1 million today, the Veterans Administration estimates.
For more on this story, see Friday's Republic.