NORMAN — Today marks the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II.
Norman’s American Legion Post 88 will honor as many World War II veterans as they can Saturday with a Thanksgiving-style dinner at 3 p.m. at the Legion post, 710 E. Main St. The dinner is for World War II veterans and their spouses.
“We want as many of them there as we can get,” said Don Schulenberg, veteran and American Legion post member. “We are losing too many of them.”
Currently, 37 members of “the Greatest Generation” and their spouses have confirmed attendance, Schulenberg said. “We hope to have 100 or more there.”
“The Greatest Generation” is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw. He used it to describe the generation that grew up during the hardships of the Great Depression and then went on to fight in World War II. The term includes those spouses and others who worked and produced on the home front, making key material contributions to the war effort.
Saturday’s event will honor World War II veterans, with other such events planned in the months ahead.
“In February or so, we plan to have another one of these for the Korean War veterans,” Schulenberg said. “We plan to have a couple of these a year, and keep honoring different groups of veterans each time.”