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Voice: Take time to visit veterans memorial at museum

May 30, 2001

Just 10 years ago, the Imperial County Veterans Service Office, in concert with a local monument business owner, began a search for local survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The intent was to recognize those heroes on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. We expected to locate approximately a dozen or so survivors, and as I recall the roster grew to nearly three dozen.

A brass monument was subsequently developed to honor those heroes, and it was presented to them in a ceremony at Naval Air Facility El Centro circa Dec. 7, 1991.

The outcrop of that simple project now stands as the county's tribute to all veterans, the veterans memorial located at the Imperial County Pioneers' Museum, across from Imperial Valley College. As the movie "Pearl Harbor" was released last week, and hopefully as we reflected on that "special generation" of Americans over Memorial Day weekend, please take the time to visit the museum and give silent thanks to those who are still living and those who have passed on from that generation. Soon they may all be gone.

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MICHAEL R. BOSTON

Lakeway, Texas

(Commanding officer, NAF El Centro 1987-88; Imperial County veterans services officer, 1991-97)

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