WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The nation's capital is an ever evolving who's who of elected officials, political celebrities, and power brokers. World War II veterans on Ozarks Honor Flight on Tuesday got to see some real star power: retired U.S. Senator Bob Dole
“If Bob Dole could have a cot there, a bed, he would be here 24-7,” said Steve Galloway, a volunteer with the National Park Service at the World War II Memorial.
Dole has become the nation's saluter-in-chief of fellow World War II veterans.
“Without Senator Dole, this would never have been built,” said Galloway.
It was Dole’s 157th or 187th visit to the Memorial for the same reason the other veterans were there.
“I go for the great people you meet, the stories you near, the tears we shed,” said Dole.
He gave all who wanted one a Kodak moment, and expressed personal gratitude to their supporters – the escorts on Ozarks Honor Flight.