NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For 30 years, a group of former World War II prisoners of war has been getting together for a monthly breakfast at Bunny's Restaurant. And for the last few years, someone has been anonymously picking up the tab.

On Wednesday, the men — including a survivor of the Bataan Death March and others who were imprisoned in the Pacific — finally met their patron, an area businessman who was just a boy when World War II came to an end.

To thank shy benefactor William Blair, the gray-haired veterans, all in their 80s, gathered in a dining area of the USS Bataan, and presented him with an American flag that was flown by the amphibious assault ship earlier this week.

"Mr. Blair, it's nice to finally meet you," said 84-year-old David Topping, who survived the Bataan Death March and was held by the Japanese for three years.