By: Janet Snyder
Kenneth Hill, WWII Veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the Philippine Liberation, spoke about his family’s connection to Pearl Harbor and Hawaii. Ken’s unit in WWII saw the last Japanese ship sunk during the Philippine Liberation. His brother was in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor repairing ships for 8 years following the Pearl Harbor attack. Ken was in Hawaii for a month prior to Hawaii becoming a state, sent by the U.S. Office of Education to start public television (PBS) on the islands. Ken’s youngest son served in the military in Hawaii, part of an elite combat group, and was awarded Soldier of the Month for his outstanding service. Chuck N. Baker, Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran, sang and played the guitar, entertaining everyone with old and new songs. Kelli Reed, Activities Director at The Bridge, introduced the speaker and entertainer, and thanked everyone for attending to honor these veterans and all veterans.