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WWII Veterans & Pearl Harbor Survivors Dinner

WWII Veterans & Pearl Harbor Survivors Dinner

On December 4th, 2016 at 2:00 pm the Veterans Memorial Museum hosted our 19th annual World War Two / Pearl Harbor Veterans Dinner. We were honored to have fifteen WWII veterans and two Rosie the Riveters in attendance this year. Sadly the numbers of this cherished generation is lower each year as age continues to take it’s toll. In fact, several attendees were well into their 90s and one was 100 years old. Our speaker this year was US Naval Corpsman Richard Grewell.
Richard is one of the rare individuals who served in three wars. Richard hit the beaches of Normandy serving as a combat corpsman, then was called again to serve during the Korean conflict and called back to active duty for the Vietnam conflict. He shared of storming Omaha beach, being spared when unexploded ordinance landed on his bunker and enemy fire taking the lives of those around him. He feels that God had spared him for a purpose. We are grateful to Richard for his many years of service to our nation and for sharing his story with us. We all enjoyed a delicious dinner by Crowded Kitchen Catering and big band music during dinner by the Napavine High School Jaz Band. Girl Scout Troup 43925 helped serve, bused tables and delivered the raspberry cheesecake to our guests.
Museum Director, Chip Duncan, introduced each WWII veteran, including branch of service, rank and areas served. As they, and our Rosie the Riveters stood, each was given a small gift from our museum. Our program concluded with the playing of TAPS as we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Then Girl Scout Troop 43925 beautifully sang Amazing Grace.