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“It’s a lifelong obligation,” Darlington said. Darlington made sacrifices in different ways during his 37 years of active and reserve service. “I’m grateful to not have had to sacrifice as much as some guys, they came back without an arm or a leg,” he said.
After 13 months in Vietnam, Bill Lay found himself coming home on a bus ride to the airport. At the airport, a crowd of about 30 people stood waiting on the sidewalk. They threw food at the bus and spat at the military members’ faces when they stepped off the bus.
Elizabeth Pearl has always felt the pangs of patriotism. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, she was the first woman from her Pennsylvania county to enlist in the U.S. Navy’s newly formed WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.
Dec. 16, 1941, is a date that will live in infamy for Joan Reynolds. That’s when she received a telegraph relaying the news that her husband of less than one year, Homer Reynolds, was lost in action during the Japanese Imperial navy’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor nine days earlier.
The former J.C. Penney executive won the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving as a B-17 squadron leader in Europe during World War II. In that role, he served as the lead pilot for bombing groups for 49 of his 51 missions.
Tim Tucker, 36, lives in East Wenatchee with his family. He ended his eight-year career in the Army as a sergeant in 2002. The Army took him from his home in Frenchtown, Mont., to Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and even overseas.
A 17-year-old Forest Wines enlisted in the Army because he didn’t want to stay home in Oroville, where he was born and raised. He and his friend decided to go to the Army recruiting station to learn about the military and ended up as part of the Army.
Henry Wright, 24, grew up in Waterville, where he enjoyed hunting. He had always wanted to be in the military.
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VETERANS DAY EVENTS
Wenatchee: American Legion Post 10 will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade Monday.
Pre-parade motorcycles will start at 10:30 a.m. with the color brigade starting at 10:45 a.m. from the Wells Fargo Bank. Parade will follow Chelan Avenue north to Memorial Park, where a rifle salute is planned for 11 a.m. The parade route follows Orondo Avenue and Mission Street back to Wells Fargo Bank. A barbecue for all veterans and their families will be held at the Wenatchee Fire Department following the parade.
For more information, call Dan Heimbecker at 881-7955.
Chelan: Chelan VFW Post will hold a Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. Monday on Wooden Avenue. Veterans are asked to meet at Wooden Avenue and Sanders Street at 10:45 a.m.
For more information, call 687-9366.
Ephrata: American Legion Post 28 will coordinate the Grant County Veterans Day Parade starting at 10:45 a.m. Monday from the Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata to Basin Street and back to the Vietnam Memorial at the courthouse. A rifle salute will be at 11 a.m. in front of the Ephrata Recreation Center. Lunch will be served for veterans after the parade. A prime rib dinner will be held Sunday evening to celebrate the joint anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps and American Legion Auxiliary.
For more information about either event, call 754-4889.
Wenatchee American Legion Post 10
208 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Cashmere American Legion Post 64
401 Sunset Highway, Cashmere
East Wenatchee VFW Post 3617
VFW female resources
Wenatchee VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
2530 Chester-Kimm Road
NCW Vets Serving Vets
1250 N. Wenatchee Ave.
OVAHA (Operation Veterans Assistance and Humanitarian Aid)