"The greatest generation" refers to the special group that includes our World War II veterans. The annual Stanly County World War II Veterans Recognition luncheon was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the CHS/Stanly Family & Education Center in Albemarle, NC.
Albemarle Rotary Club and First Bank served as sponsors for the event and 24 WWII veterans were in attendance. Stanly Community College (SCC) started this recognition program in 2004 with over 255 veterans.
"I am pleased that SCC continues to honor and cherish our World War II veterans," commented SCC President Dr. John Enamait. "Each year their numbers dwindle, but their spirit and devotion remain with us every single day. We should never forget this Greatest Generation, and as Franklin Roosevelt once said, they "…lead us to the saving of our country and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace."
Rotary President Jonathan Mills welcomed all those present and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Troy Alexander, WWII Veteran, gave the Invocation and Rotarian Ron Burris shared statistics and recognized the honorees present. Piedmont Choral Society led by Joe Judge, Director of Choral and Vocal Music at Pfeiffer University, provided entertainment during the luncheon.
As the group performed "A Salute to the Armed Forces," veterans from each branch of service stood during their part of the medley. Veterans from all branches - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard were represented, although some groups were larger than others were.
Historian artifacts were on display from the Locust History Museum. Special thanks went to Stanly News & Press, WSPC Radio with Leon Warren, Rod Barbee (Director of Stanly County Veterans Service Office), Christy Bogle and Donna Jones, representatives of the College.
James "Jip" Forte, a U.S. Army Veteran, was among those present at the annual WWII Veterans Luncheon.