After revisiting Pearl Harbor 72 years after the attack that sent the U.S. into World War II, Quad City veterans were honored at a reception in Moline.
On Saturday, December 14, 2013 a reception was held to honor two Pearl Harbor survivors and to recognize the Quad Citians who made the veterans’ trip back to Pearl Harbor possible. The event acted as a welcome home ceremony for those local heroes; they returned home on December 7.
At the reception, donors were able to “meet with the Pearl Harbor survivors and their escorts and hear first-hand the positive impact that the trip had” on those who went, according to a spokesperson from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #299.
Pearl Harbor survivors received a flag that was flown over the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and a certificate of authenticity and appreciation signed by Richard L. Williams, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy. QC native Petty Officer Second Class Andrew L. Berntson provided the flags on behalf of the VVA Chapter #299.
“The VVA Chapter #299 graciously extends an invitation to your organization so please come out and meet our local American heroes,” said a spokesperson from the chapter.