(Lakeland, TN) Some elementary students are sending a World War II veteran back to the place where served his country and was a prisoner of war.
Students at Lakeland and Arlington Elementary Schools spent weeks raising more than $6,300 dollars to pay for the 91-year-old’s trip back to Europe.
“In my family when you turn nine everyone gets birthday money. I figured why not give some of my birthday money to Mr. Hawkins,” said Arlington Student Cullan Venceil.
Venceil donated $150 of his own money.
Bill Hawkins spent five months in a POW camp in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.
Thursday, he gave student’s a first-hand account of the war.
“I was a guest of Hitler for five months during WWII,” said Hawkins.
He also thanked them for their gift.
“I would jut like to go back to the places I fought for,” said Hawkins.
The students found Hawkins through a senior wish organization called Forever Young.
Forever Young is taking Hawkins and ten other WWII Veterans to Normandy and Belgium later this month.
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