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Beloved WWII veteran in Joplin gears up for first honor flight, and first trip to Nation's Capital

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI - A WWII veteran in Joplin, well known in the community for his kindness, gears up for his first Honor Flight, and his first trip to our Nation's Capital.

Army veteran Keith Fiscus is almost 90 years old, and has worked as a greeter at the 15th Street Walmart in Joplin for the past 23 years.

He has a doctorate in horticulture, and also assists with taking care of the plants in Walmart's garden center.

Fiscus has received two purple hearts.

One for being wounded in combat, and the other for being held as a Prisoner of War at a concentration camp in Germany for 16 months, leaving him 100 percent disabled by the time he was liberated.

Fiscus says his time in captivity led to a deepest appreciation for America, the land of the free.

"When I was a prisoner, I only wanted to live long enough to get back to my homeland," Fiscus said. "Once I'm here, I'm really happy with it. Freedom is great here in the US."

Fiscus says he is greatly looking forward to visiting the WWII monument in Washington D.C., which he notes Walmart made a donation to while it was under construction.

"It is an honor to go," he said. "As a representative of this country, and of this city, I am more than honored to go to Washington D.C."

Fiscus will depart on the Honor Flight of the Ozarks from the Springfield, MO airport early Tuesday morning, and will return from Washington D.C. the same day.
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