Not much time remains to honor living World War II veterans.
With participants in the conflict now in their 90s, very few will still be alive just a couple of years from today.
So Veteran Community Initiatives is taking the opportunity to pay possibly one final formal tribute to those men and women with a WWII veterans recognition ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27 at Mirage Banquet Facility, 800 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.
All WWII veterans who served from Dec. 7, 1941, to Dec. 31, 1946, and currently live in VCI’s region – Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Mifflin and Somerset counties – are invited to attend the free gathering. That includes members of the Women’s Army Corps and Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.
They are also welcomed to bring a guest.
The event will include a luncheon and brief presentations.
“Not only do we want to thank them, but we want to learn from every last opportunity we have what it took to be the Greatest Generation,” said Tom Caulfield, director of VCI, which last held an event for WWII veterans a little more than a decade ago.
VCI is now in the process of looking for WWII veterans to attend.
“One of the biggest things is, right now as it stands, we have no idea how many World War II veterans we may even have left in (Cambria) County,” Josh Hauser, VCI community operations director, said. “Obviously, like across the country, we had thousands return from that war. It was just such a monumental undertaking. Those guys literally saved the world. And, especially with D-Day last week, you get to see these guys. Our biggest fear is time marches on. We’re losing these guys. And, at some point, we’re not going to have them anymore.”
Anybody interested in attending or acquiring more information can contact VCI at 255-0355.