It turned out to be a beautiful day for the special flag raising at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Park in Mission, Kan. The Aug. 15 event commemorated the fourth anniversary of the park’s opening and the 63rd anniversary of V-J Day (Victory over Japan).
Dorwin Lamkin, my “adopted” uncle, offered his comments, pointing out how the attack on Pearl Harbor pushed the United States onto the world stage. Other Pearl Harbor survivors attending were Edmund “Russ” Russell, Jack Carson and Jesse Dunnagan. World War II veterans who had recently visited Washington, D.C., on “Honor Flights” also attended.
Rep. Dennis Moore and Mission Councilman John Weber also spoke. The VFW Post 7397 assisted with the flag raising, along with Quinn Appletoft, a student who helped organize the Pearl Harbor commemorative event last Dec. 7 in Mission.
As a volunteer, I sent a news release and contacted The Star and TV stations. The Sun ran an article, The Star ran a photo feature, and all four local TV stations covered the event. The media coverage was a fitting recognition of the veterans to whom we owe so much.