A World War II monument will be dedicated at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, November 4 at 10 a.m. in Leesburg. The event will honor local World War II veterans. The media and the public are invited, especially World War II veterans and their families. Thank you for your service!
Among the honored guests are area veterans Priscilla “Pat” (Morrison) Getchell of Umatilla and Irving Locker of the Villages. Getchell trained Navy pilots in World War II, using the military’s earliest flight instrument trainers after answering the nation’s call to serve in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Locker landed on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Having participated in five major battles in Europe, he will bring his collection of WWII memorabilia along with first-hand accounts of the war.
The monument will be in sections with the largest measuring 15 feet long by 6 foot high and featuring images and information that trace America’s history in World War II from Pearl Harbor to the Japanese surrender onboard the battleship USS Missouri. Additionally, four smaller memorials will honor women WWII veterans and factory workers who rendered support stateside.
World War II and Korean War veteran Don Van Beck designed the memorial. “When 25 school kids visited the park to see the Vietnam War Huey helicopter”, said Van Beck, “it dawned on me that there was no World War II monument. In the school system now, there is not much mention of the wars and the people who died to keep our country going.”
For more information about the various monuments located inside Veterans Memorial Park, contact Lake Veterans at (352) 314-2100 or via email at email@example.com.
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