Veterans' wishes for friendship, travel answered

November 9, 2011 4:17:19 AM PST
Sometimes it takes a while to say thank you. Two World War II veterans were recognized Tuesday for services performed 65 years ago.

Two WWII veterans -- Elizabeth Harness, a Navy nurse, and Russell Taylor, a D-Day survivor -- were granted their wishes by Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, which was founded by Jeremy Bloom.

"This is my life's passion. I think the 89- to the 100-year old plus people in this world are the most amazing people I've ever come around," Bloom said.

Bloom raises money through individuals and corporations to make dreams come true for super seniors like Harness, 91, who just wanted to be reunited with some other World War II WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). That wish was granted and she now has three new, old friends who all served in the U.S. Navy.

"We replaced men in this country so they could go abroad, which was the main thing," Harness said.

Russell Taylor, 94, landed on Utah Beach during the invasion. He just wants to go back again one more time to visit Normandy.

"This is different. Yeah, they'll be paying," Taylor said, laughing. "I didn't have to pay then either. What was it I got? Twenty one something plus five percent for being in a war zone."

Taylor will also visit Paris, where he met his wife, Odile. They've been married 66 years.

We all make wishes; but something sticks out about these two: They're all so very simple.

"It's just so obvious with this generation. The simplicity in which they live. They don't ask for a lot and they just appreciate the smallest things in life," Bloom said.

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