VFW hosts V-J Day event


Staff Reports

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 in Seymour was honored to have two World War II veterans attend the V-J Day event Aug. 15.

Ray Newkirk and Elmo Rivers were among the veterans attending the program.

While speaking during the event, Post Commander Rick Roberts said 118 Jackson County residents died in World War II, and only seven or eight men who served in that war are still alive today.

The post’s honor guard also participated in the program, and attendees enjoyed a meal featuring pulled pork, baked beans and desserts. There also were raffles and entertainment.

Roberts said Seymour has recognized V-J Day since 1946 to celebrate Japan surrendering to the Allies in World War II on Aug. 14, 1945. There used to be a parade in the city, but in recent years, it has switched to a program and dinner at the VFW.

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