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Man whose grandparents survived Auschwitz says thank you to WWII vet

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A man from Israel tapped WWII veteran Harold Zimner on the shoulder to say "thank you for saving the world from evil." Both his grandmothers survived Auschwitz. Tracy Briggs/The Forum2 / 2

Washington D.C. — One of the best things about the WDAY Honor Flight is when random strangers come up to the veterans and thank them for their service. It happens throughout the trip to our nation’s capital–no matter what monument they visit.

On Monday, Nov. 5, during the last day of the most recent Honor Flight out of Fargo, WWII veteran Harold Zilmer was visiting the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial with his granddaughter who accompanied him on the trip. As the two walked along the cobblestone path, a young man wearing a yarmulke starting running after them. As he reached Zilmer he tapped him on the shoulder and explained that he was from Israel and that both his grandmothers survived Auschwitz. He was at a loss for words as he thanked Zilmer for helping save the world from evil.

Tracy Briggs

‘The Great Indoors’ with Tracy Briggs appears every Thursday in The Forum. For more information go to her blog at thegreatindoors.areavoices.com.

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