Fri, Jan. 17

World War II vets honored this weekend

Photo courtesy Richard Latoff

THE World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be officially dedicated in a nationwide broadcast May 29.

At the local post, on Cavalry Way in Cottonwood, the flag will be lowered to half-mast at sunrise May 29. A prayer breakfast follows at 7 a.m. All World War II veterans and their families eat free.

A special tribute to WWII vets begins at 9 a.m. Starting at 11 a.m., the dedication ceremonies in Washington will be viewed on the big screen in the Post lounge.

Those wishing to attend this special event in Cottonwood should RSVP to 634-3004. All WWII veterans will receive a special certificate of appreciation, as well.

The community events are meant to acknowledge the men and women who served their country during World War II; advance the ideal of responsible citizenship, to include preserving the legacy the veterans of World War II fought to ensure - namely our nation's children; and remember those who paid the ultimate price in the pursuit and preservation of our freedom and the freedom of peace loving people everywhere.

The dedication ceremony in Washington will include two hours of lively pre-ceremony entertainment to take attendees back to the wartime era through music, video images, newsreel clips, and reminiscences of the time. Big band and swing music will be highlighted along with a patriotic finale. Musical groups from the armed forces will entertain.

The Memorial Day weekend celebration on the National Mall is the culmination of an 11-year effort to honor America's World War II generation.

The World War II Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during that conflict. The memorial, established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, honors all military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. The Second World War is the only 20th-century event commemorated on the Mall's central axis.

In other Memorial Day weekend activities, American Legion Post 25's Auxiliary will be distributing poppies at Wal-Mart in Cottonwood May 28-30. Donations go to disabled veterans past and present.

May 31, there will be Memorial Day ceremonies at the Cottonwood Cemetery starting at 11 a.m. with Mayor Ruben Jauregui in attendance. The event will be followed by a potluck at the Post.

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