Messenger-InquirerGroup to mark war's end 60 years ago
Time is catching up with veterans of World War II, with members of the "Greatest Generation" dying at a rate of 1,000 a day.
Locally, more than 200 Daviess County World War II veterans died last year.
So the Owensboro-Daviess County Veterans Affairs Committee and other area groups want to make sure local veterans get a proper thank-you for their service to their country before it's too late.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, the committee will honor World War II veterans -- and the 60th anniversary of the war's end -- at the Executive Inn Rivermont's Exposition Center, said Master Sgt. James Goodall, who is co-chairman of the Daviess County Veterans Affairs Committees.
Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain is also helping with the planning. He's a member of a committee created specifically to plan the Sept. 3 event. A Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, Cain said it's important to thank veterans for their service.
"I believe that this country owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to those defenders of our country," Cain said. "Anything we can do to show that tribute and that appreciation is very well deserved."
Planning has just begun, and little has been finalized. The plan is to have a color guard and speaker at the ceremony, Goodall said.
Anyone interested in helping with the planning can contact one of the local veterans organizations, leave contact information and someone will get back to them, Terry Stinson, committee chairman, said.
"For a lot of these guys, on Sept. 3, this will probably be the last time we can thank them for what they've done," Stinson said.
The Owensboro Area Museum of Science and History will also be involved with the program. Kathy Olson, curator of collections, said she will help put the program together and the museum may provide some World War II artifacts for the ceremony, though that hasn't been decided yet.
"Well certainly, we want to let them know that we honor and appreciate all that they've done for us and our country," Olson said. "In the case of World War II, it's just a pivotal event in world history. ... The museum in a larger role, we want to make sure history is preserved."
The museum is also working with the Library of Congress on a video project interviewing veterans ranging from World War II to soldiers who've served in Iraq. Information about that project might be available at the Sept. 3 ceremony, Olson said.
It's important to remember the sacrifices of all veterans, Stinson said.
"Any nation that doesn't honor its heroes won't long endure," Stinson said, quoting Abraham Lincoln.
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