WWII veteran escorted to watch grandson graduate boot camp

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. – Applause filled the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport as a World War II veteran was escorted through the building.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t believe this is happening,” April Martin, the veteran’s daughter, said.

James G. Pike, 94, from Evansville, Indiana served in the United States Marine Corps as a private in the Pacific Campaign.

Once the Low Country Patriot Riders received word he was coming they couldn’t help but step in.

“It’s all about honor and respect,” Rick Aaron, a Patriot Rider, said. “Showin’ them that we’ll never forget what they did for us. It’s the least we could do to help him get there.”

All so Pike could make one wish come true.

“It’s real important for me to see my first grandson graduate,” Pike said.

His daughter agrees.

“I can’t even explain how awesome it is.” Martin said. “This is dad’s wish to see Skylar graduate.”

Skylar Martin, 19, has spent the last few months at Marine Boot Camp in Parris Island, S.C. April said it’s been hard without him, but they couldn’t be prouder.

“Thirteen weeks was hard without him, but this makes up for it,” April said.

Now, they’ll get to him in no time as the Patriot Guard escorts them through South Carolina while flying our country’s colors to let people know there’s a hero among them.

“I feel real good,” Pike said. “Real good.”

Skylar will graduate tomorrow night at Parris Island. His family says they can’t wait to see him walk across the stage.

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