WWII Veterans Honored With
Luncheon at Rock Creek
by: Bobby McDonald
Photos From Karon Weatherman
They're members of the "Greatest Generation" and they fought the War that preserved freedom for all of us, as they stopped Hitler and the Japanese Invansion in the Pacific......They're veterans of WWII! And, they were honored with a luncheon, on Tuesday, at Rock Creek Health and Rehab Center.
"We're losing members of this group so fast, each and every day," explained Neva Mohesky, a staff member at Rock Creek. "This group of men and women are aging and we wanted to make certain that they were honored with a tribute to the great services that provided to all of us in preserving our freedoms!"
World War II Veterans, accompanied by family members were the guest of honor at Tuesday's luncheon that featured a number of tributes and each of them were able to visit and tell their stories, if they chose to.
"Each and every time that I visit with a WWII veteran, I learn something more," expressed Karon Weatherman. "They made such sacrifices and truly made a stand to keep freedom alive in this world. Sadly, many of them are dying and we're losing this cache of information, if we don't record it and keep it for future generations. I encourage members of their families to ask them about their service and to write it down or record it!"
Walt Dingman, age 97, was given a Longevity Award for being the Oldest Living WWII Veteran in Hopkins County. Walt was not able to attend due to a Doctors Appointment at the VA. We had a brother and sister in attendance that were both in WWII. Alma E. Ellison, US Marine Corp and her brother Marshall Braden, US Navy We also had a Couple that was in attendance that were married during WWII. Don and Jackie Semple. Don was in the US Coast Guard and Jackie was in the US Navy.
Special Speaker was Pastor David Anderson, who served in the United States Marine Corp from 1987 - 1993 as a Sergeant. He served during Desert Storm. Special music was provided by Betty Caudle, 2011 Ms Hopkins County Senior. Veterans Pinning Service was done by Odyssey Hospice. They also had drawings for 2 beautiful Veterans Lap Quilts that were won by Jay L. Nabers and James "Bear" Hawkins. Each WWII Veteran was presented a Certificate of Appeciation for their Military Service and a WWII Baseball cap.
Enjoy these photos from Tuesday's event:
Thank You, WWII Veterans!!!