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Aug. 15 Flag-raising at Pearl Harbor Memorial Park

In the summer of 2001, I realized the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor would be on Dec. 7 that year. Since I was editor of a newsletter for an insurance company that served the military, I suggested a story and was put in touch with Joe Brant, a Leawood, Kan., resident and member of the local chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assn.

After interviewing Joe (now deceased), I volunteered to help publicize the anniversary event, which became more poignant after Sept. 11. All of the TV stations covered the event. In 2003, after my last uncle, a World War II Navy veteran, died, I “adopted” Dorwin Lamkin as my uncle. The local chapter president, he is a Navy survivor of the USS Nevada. Then in 2004 the Pearl Harbor Memorial Park was dedicated in Mission, Kan.
This year we are planning a special flag-raising on Aug. 15 at the park. You’re invited! See the details in the accompanying news release.

Kansas City Metro Chapter III

Release Date: 7/17/08

Contact: Susan Pepperdine, (913) 262-7414, or susan@pepperdinepr.com

Rep. Moore to Join in Aug. 15 Flag Raising
At Pearl Harbor Memorial Park

(MISSION, KAN.) … Rep. Dennis Moore will participate in a flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 15, at the Pearl Harbor Survivors Memorial Park on the corner of Martway and Maple streets in Mission, Kan. Mission city officials, local Pearl Harbor survivors and other World War II veterans will also attend.

The American flag used will be one flown over the Capitol that Moore presented to PHSA Metro Chapter III President Dorwin Lamkin, Mission, during the June Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. (Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that honors America’s veterans for their sacrifices.)

Aug. 15 is the fourth anniversary of the park dedication and the 63rd anniversary of V-J Day, commemorating victory over Japan in World War II.

The park honors survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Located in the park are two granite benches displaying the names of 54 Metro Chapter III members and other Pearl Harbor veterans, both living and deceased. A three-ton anchor donated by the U.S. Navy and shipped from Williamsburg, Va., is also on display.

The event is free and the public is invited.

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