Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association honors 98-year-old World War II Veteran
GULFPORT, Miss. (WXXV) — A 98-year-old World War II Veteran received what he considers the “surprise of a lifetime” over the weekend.
Jeff Haynie, a 98-year-old World War II Veteran, stepped outside his home in Gulfport to the sound of dozens of motorcycles driving by.
Little did he know the Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association would be paying him visit.
“This is the biggest surprise of my whole life right here. They kept it a secret, no one told me anything,” said Haynie.
Each and every veteran stepped off their motorcycle to give Haynie a firm handshake or even a hug to thank him for his service.
Mike Baldwin, the Chapter Commander of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association says, “Our World War II veterans are becoming slim to nothing these days. Sadly we’re losing them to their health. They’re all getting up in age, so anything we can do to brighten their day or just being around Vets.”
Baldwin says, “Once a Veteran always a Veteran. We do share a common bond whether we’re Army, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard, or Navy — we’ve been there. We served together. We were in the trenches together. This is something unfortunately civilians do not understand, but as Veterans, we do understand.”
Haynie tells WXXV, “It does my heart good knowing there’s some really true American heroes still here.”