World War II veterans needed for August programWorld War II veterans needed for August program

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015

World War II veterans are needed for the “Keep the Sprit of ’45 Alive” program next month.

The event will be held at the Air Force Armament Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Eglin Air Force Base, and will commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II.

Locally, John Vick is organizing an effort to take World War II veterans to the event, which is set for Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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“A friend of mine – Jim Lawrence – sent me an email letting me know about it,” Vick said.

The event will begin at 10 a.m., with Reveille and the presentation of the colors.

Historical lectures conducted by prominent historians on the Doolittle Raiders, Eglin Field, WASP, authentic slide shows, patriotic dance routines by the famous Highsteppers, Doughnut Dollies, Big Band era music, photo booths, re-enactors, Rosie the Riveter, a full service World War II field kitchen, VA representatives and more will comprise the event.

Vick said he would like to charter a bus if enough World War II veterans are able to attend.

The goal is to get businesses to donate $200 each to pay for the bus and donate money to help purchase a World War II veteran banner program honoring each veteran for $90 each.

Contributions for a second meal for the veterans are also being solicited.

Departure is expected to be from the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce at approximately 7:30 a.m. that morning.

Vick said that they would limit the trip to Covington County veterans.

World War II veterans who are interested in going to the event or those interested in making contributions should contact 222-2030.