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Letter to the Editor


Shelah Bellis Hockman

1:40 pm

Independent Editor,
Memorial Day 2016 will soon be upon us. It will be the 75th anniversary commemorating the American entry into World War II. In 1941, the nation was hit by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor and at the Philippine Islands (an American possession) at Manila in the same 24 hours. According to the American Veteran’s Center, more than 16 million Americans served in WWII, and over 400,000 didn’t make it home. Thousands in the Philippines died during the Battaan Death March, or were taken prisoner by the Japanese; soldier and allied civilian alike.
Owosso has a Memorial Day Parade that gets sparser and sparser each year.  Did you know that the U.S. government does not provide any funding to remember this anniversary as it celebrated in Washington, D.C. The American Veteran’s Center also says that nearly 600 WWII vets die each day. Several, this year, in Owosso.
Since we do celebrate Memorial Day with a parade, let us try to make this year’s a slam bang one. Each organization, business, education group, elected official in town should endeavor to have a participating unit this year. Let’s show our gratitude for our veteran local population as well as all those around the world who helped in WWII to bring victory for the allies. Let us especially remember all those veterans who made up the forces which liberated all those in captivity in cities around the world. We are grateful to be here because of you.

Shelah Bellis Hockman (an EX Allied civilian Prisoner of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines 1943-1945), Owosso

Shelah Bellis Hockman was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Karen Elford