Pearl Harbor remembered with annual dinner

By Portia Williams - [email protected]

WAVERLY — The American Legion Post 142, 201 James Road in Waverly, is purposeful about remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in light of this fact, will continue a tradition of hosting an Annual Recognition Dinner on Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. This year is the 75 Anniversary of the attack.

Commander Clay Sanders, of American Legion Post 142, said their Post has been remembering what transpired in Pearl Harbor, and as well as acknowledging other areas of service in the community for several years.

“For several decades we have held a dinner on December 7th in remembrance of the attack of Pearl Harbor, and for several decades we have also tied in the dinner recognizing service to the community from our firemen, policemen, EMT’s, the Waverly Sheriff’s Department,” Sanders said. “We don’t think that these folks get enough recognition, and we like to recognize their service to the community, and it ties into the American Legion’s idea of service, duty, and commitment and that’s how we do it.”

A ticket is required for entrance to the annual dinner, at the cost of $5 per person. The featured guest speaker for this year’s dinner will be Tom Simon, of the State of Ohio Department of the American Legion.

“Tickets must be purchased in advance, and we will have some available at the door. We usually have a speaker who will be from the State of Ohio Department of the American Legion, and this year it will be Tom Simon,” he said. “He is our adjutant for the state, and he will be speaking this year. Service to the community is very important, because it ties in with the service to the country, and our ideas of community and commitment, and we went to honor all of these things.”

While serving in the US Navy, and after retirement, Sanders said he experienced Pearl Harbor first hand.

“We don’t have any Pearl Harbor survivors, but I was stationed in Pearl Harbor for 13 years, and then after retiring from the Navy I moved back, there and we spent another 12 years there in Hawaii, and part of that time I was a volunteer at the retired activities office,” he said. “So I am familiar with Pearl Harbor, and the story behind it, but as far as us having anyone that is a Pearl Harbor survivor, there are very few of those folks left.”

For more information regarding the Annual Recognition Dinner held at the American Legion Post 142, call 740-947-2521.

By Portia Williams

[email protected]

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.