World War Two Honors

Frank Richardson - 12/12/2016

They were a hearty bunch 75 years ago and they're a hearty bunch now, braving near-freezing temperatures that promised to keep falling as VFW Calabash Post #7288's 12th Annual dinner party to Honor World War Two veterans and remember Pearl Harbor continued into the evening hours.  They were warmed, though, by the camaraderie with some 29 members of the "Greatest Generation" gathered for the December 10th event, which included a sit-down dinner and entertainment. 

Only a few years ago there were 50 World War Two veterans at the annual event.  This year the number has dwindled as it does each year. There were 16 million men and women involved in that war and of that number, only 620 thousand are still living today.  As we peruse those figures we realize that although many have passed away over the years we are blessed to still have with us those who attended this year. 
Calabash Mayor Mary Knight thanked the veterans for their service and praised their loved ones who supported them back home.  In his after-dinner remarks VFW Calabash Post #7288 Commander Rick Arvonio expressed the sentiments of all who came to honor the World War Two veterans when he said "I stand here today and salute you and thank each of you for your service and your sacrifice for every American."  He noted that, "at a time when the world was at war the call went out and you answered that call, making the stand for freedom.” 

Before they braved the cold outside to head home each World War Two veteran was presented with a challenge coin to remember this year's observance at VFW Calabash Post #7288.  Inscribed on one side of the coin is "World War II Victory" and on the reverse "World War II Honorable Service". 
We hope to see them all next year!

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