This week we salute a WWII Navy veteran, Jessie Gilmer of Grand Island.
Jessie served as a cook during his time in the Navy.
He recently accompanied a group of veterans to the WWII Hero Flight to Washington, D.C. The group visited the tomb of the Unknown Soldier during their trip.
Jessie said and the other veterans were greeted warmly and that people were clapping for them and shaking their hands.
"They didn't know us but here they were, treating us so good," said Jessie of the people they met on their trip. "We just did what our country needed of us."
Jessie was nominated by his friend Billie Herron. Billie said Jessie is a very humble man and was amazed by how many people turned up to send them off for their flight. Billie said Jessie worked for over 20 years at the Holiday Inn in Grand Island, retiring just a few years ago, and that he is a well-known member of the community.
Jessie, thank you for your service to our country.