Tuesday, November 9, 2010

WWII Commemoration

Veteran’s Day is November 11, and on Friday November 12, Vol State will be hosting a salute to WWII veterans in the Caudill auditorium from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Peter Johnson, Instructor of History is organizing the event.

There are several events planned that include a ladies’ trio that will perform the song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and a WWII reenactment.
“I’m hoping to have about 12 veterans from WWII,” said Johnson.

Johnson said he has been collecting memorabilia since he was a child. He said that by organizing this event, he hopes students will get a real sense of what these men and women did for our country.

“They have been called the greatest generation, and there is a reason for that,” said Johnson. “I think we owe them a deep debt of gratitude.”

There will be a mail call, and several letters written to veterans by Vol State students will be presented.

Johnson said that five of his students will be dressing up in WWII uniforms from his collection, and two students will be displaying artwork.

“WWII veterans are dying off, and in a few short years they will all be gone,” said Johnson. He said that this is one of the reasons for organizing this event.

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