LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- From Virginia to San Diego and back again an 88-year-old World War II Veteran is near the end of a remarkable journey.

Bruce Heilman is on the last leg of his 6,000 mile journey across the U.S. commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Raised in La Grange, he was honored with a proclamation from the Mayor.

Heilman is headed back home to Virginia where he serves as the Chancellor at the University of Richmond.

He'll then help to lead the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day motorcycle Ride in Washington D.C. to Arlington National Cemetery.

"On every block there was a family who lost a son. In every town there were several gold stars," Heilman said. "That was the nature of things. Today television will pick up one death and exercise so much news that everybody starts talking about it but they don't feel anything because it's not their son."

Knowing there aren't too many veterans left who can talk about their experience first hand, Heilman wanted to share his World War II story to whomever would listen.

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