On Sunday, August 16, as part of the national “Spirit of ‘45” weekend, the Chester P. Tuttle Post 279 of the American Legion will honor surviving veterans of World War II. The Japanese surrendered 70 years ago, and some veterans of the 16 million who served are still alive.
Event organizer Post Chaplain Stephen Gallant is seeking the contact information for any local veterans of WWII so they can be invited to the event. He can be contacted at 508-832-3664 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Assistant organizer June Ganley can be reached at 508-449-8850. Contact must be made before July 24 so names can be submitted for recognition and pins can be ordered.
Locally, Senator Michael Moore and Representative Paul Frost will participate in the ceremony along with community leaders. Veterans will receive a commemorative pin and a wreath will be laid at the Memorial Garden.
Nationally, many events will occur from August 14th to the 16th to recognize not only war veterans but also the civilians who made the victory possible. Check out www.spiritof45.org for more information.