BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A World War II veteran from Bakersfield will soon be going on the trip of a lifetime thanks to students at Quailwood Elementary School.
The students raised more than $2,000 to send William Davies on the next Honor Flight trip.
Davies and a representative from Honor Flight were presented with a check from the school Friday afternoon at a special assembly.
"It's very emotional, I think even for older kids. They were able to grasp how much it meant to Mr. Davies," said Steve Duke, Principal of Quailwood Elementary School.
"It's an honor to be here to receive this honor from young people who worked so hard to send veterans to DC," said Davies.
The most special part about the surprise is that Davies is also the great grandfather of three students at the school and two of them took the stage to tell his story.
"Those great granddaughters are such intelligent young ladies. They far surpass me," joked Davies.
His great-granddaughters can't wait to see Davies off to Washington D.C.
"I am really happy for him," said Ambrie Butler, great granddaughter of William Davies.
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