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World War II veterans want to keep history alive

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#1 JagdtigerI



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Posted 20 September 2009 - 02:41 AM

"GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A group of World War II veterans are trying to keep history alive, as their numbers continue to shrink. They met in Grand Rapids this week to see the sights and swap stories of the war.

On Friday afternoon, the group of veterans and their families toured Meijer Gardens. "It's been beautiful weather, you know? Really good and although we're getting older and tired, and walking is tougher, everybody's enjoying it", says 85-year old John Reeves.

The World War II veterans consider each year a blessing. When they started their reunion 50 years ago, several hundred people from across the country showed up. "And now we're down to maybe 80 attending, and only about 40 are veterans."

They call themselves the "Jungle Air Force." That's because they spent most of their time in the Pacific. They enjoy telling stories, like the time John Reeves helped rescue a crew that bailed-out off Borneo. "We managed to get 7 out of 9 people out of water before dark."

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World War II veterans want to keep history alive | wzzm13.com | Grand Rapids, MI

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