I watched with pride and admiration, the presentation of "Return to Pearl" that aired on WBAY, Channel 2, on Dec. 7. These World War II vets got the support and attention they and all veterans deserve. Unfortunately, one of their number, Mark Schaitel of Sparta, did not survive the trip but was photographed giving a "thumbs up" prior to their departure.
Because of their advanced age, WW II vets are dying at a rate of almost a thousand a day. Those who served in Korea and Vietnam are not far behind.
To all who served then and now I say, "Thank you." We as a nation have one last thing to ask. That is to share with your family and friends what it was that compelled you to go, the sacrifices you and your comrades made and the fortitude and faith that got you through those horrific times. Because those of us who weren't there don't know what it's like to storm a beach, face an ambush, or watch a buddy die.
We haven't experienced the conviction of a nation facing a common enemy and achieving victory.
Sometimes we don't fully appreciate what you have given us. We ask you to do this, "lest we forget."