CBS ‘On the Road’ tonight features local veteran meeting admirers at Patriots Point

Carter and Jack Hanson, twin brothers, will meet their email pen pal, a local World War II veteran, on CBS' "On the Road" Friday evening. (CBS/Provided).

On CBS’ “Evening News with Scott Pelley” at 6:30 p.m. tonight, correspondent Steve Hartman will report from Charleston during the “On the Road” segment to tell the story of how a family visit to Patriots Point led Carter and Jack Hanson, 10-year-old twin brothers, to strike a friendship with local veteran Robert Harding.

During a tour around the aircraft carrier Yorktown several years ago, the boys learned of Harding’s experience serving as a plane handler on the ship in World War II. Enthralled with Harding’s story, the Hanson twins tracked down his email address and started corresponding with him on a regular basis.

The CBS program Friday will broadcast the three meeting for the first time aboard the Yorktown several years after the twins’ initial visit to Patriots Point.

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