Referred to “The day that will live in infamy”, on December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked the United States and drew the nation into one of the most destructive events in history. On the 74th Anniversary of this day, the oldest known living veteran of this conflict was given the honor to lay a wreath at the WWII Memorial.
Frank Levingston, now 110-years-old, is on a DC tour organized by Austin Honor Flights. In addition to laying a wreath at the WWII memorial, he visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (TUS), and is invited to visit the White House on December 8, 2015.
Livingston flew from his home in Lake Charles, La. This is the first time Austin Honor Flights has provided a trip to an out-of-state resident.
Upon landing in Regan Airport, Levingston was greeted with a standing ovation.
During his visit to the TUS , Levingston grew emotional.
“I can’t really express how I feel.” said Levingston. “But I’m very touched to see this.”
One of eight children, Levingston was born November 13, 1905 in North Carolina and served in the Army as a Private. He fought in the Naples-Foggia Campaign in Italy.
After receiving an honorable discharge in 1945, he became a union worker specializing in cement finishing.
Shannon Levingston-Mccowan of Shreveport, LA is Levingston’s great niece and accompanying him on this visit.
Levingston-Mccowan said his 110th birthday less then a month ago meant a lot to her family, regardless of the fact it is now national news.
The centenarian Levingston is in good health and takes no medication said Levingston-Mccowan.
Joeseph Levingston, his nephew, said it was an honor to see a member of his family honored in this way.
Austin Honor Flights is a non-profit organization that helps veterans visit the DC area to see the monuments that have been built in their honor.
According to the Austin Honor flights website, there are approximately only 855,070 veterans remaining of the 16 million who served our nation in WWII.
The cost to the veteran to visit memorials through Honor Flights is absolutely free.