Sunday, September 4, 2011

World War II Anniversary - #3219 - Vet: Honor WWII Survivors Now, While They're Still Alive - The Blaze

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (The Blaze/AP) — A Marine who fought in the Battle of Okinawa urged Americans on Friday to honor those who served in World War II now, while veterans from that conflict are still alive.  E. Bruce Heilman, speaking at a ceremony marking the 66th year since the end of the war, noted fewer than 2 million of the 16 million men and women who served in the war are alive. They are dying at a rate of 30,000 per month, he said.  Some 20 World War II veterans boarded the now decommissioned battleship, the Missouri – the same battleship where Japanese signed surrender documents formally ending the war – to participate in this year’s ceremony in Pearl Harbor.  Heilman, who is a spokesman for the Greatest Generations Foundation, predicted not many would be able to come back in a decade’s time.  “Most of those remaining, including those in the front row, will have passed on, so that few, if any, will be present for the ceremony of the 76th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War. Those of us still here will be of age 95 to 101,” Heilman said. “Therefore the importance of remembering now the sacrifices and acts of heroism representative of their service cannot be overstated.”  Read more......

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