Pearl Harbor survivor to visit Ground Zero

Fla. vet narrowly escaped enemy fire
Posted at 5:26 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 20:00:20-04

Travelers leaving the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport on Tuesday afternoon paused while a special passenger boarded a plane. 94-year-old John Seelie is one of the few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors. He boarded a plane on Tuesday to pay his respects at Ground Zero in New York.

"We lost a lot of military in Hawaii, almost the same amount killed in both places, for me it was very important place to visit," said Seelie.

The group heard about Seelie's story and they made Tuesday's flight possible.

"There will be an official ceremony there he will lay a Hawaiian leis at ground zero it's going to be an emotional time," said Maverick Johnson.

Seelie believes he will be the first Pearl Harbor survivor to visit the Ground Zero memorial.

"I love my country, those are two days that will live in infamy," said Seelie.

Check back later this week for pictures of the ceremony in New York.