By BILL BRANCH Special to the Palisadian-Post This Memorial Day, May 29, on the Mall in Washington, D.C., dedication of the World War II Memorial will take place. The memorial will honor the 16 million American servicemen and women who served and fought and those who died in the war to secure democracy and liberate the oppressed. Knowing that not every Palisades WWII veteran could possibly go to Washington, American Legion Post 283 will host a corresponding event on that Saturday to honor Westside veterans and to observe the memorial dedication. The event on La Cruz will provide a venue for members of the WWII generation to gather together, record oral histories, share war stories, and enjoy WWII music. Prizes will be awarded to WWII veterans who wear their uniforms and are judged a ‘best fit.’ In addition, Palisades author Ken Wales will discuss his latest book ‘Sea of Glory,’ based on the true story of the four military chaplains who sacrificed their lives during the sinking of the USAT Dorchester in WWII. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. on May 29 with a specially-produced satellite broadcast of the Washington dedication ceremony. At noon, Post 283 will host a patriotic program and luncheon, followed by the continuation of the satellite broadcast. Veterans who wish to attend or would like a Certificate of Appreciation should write to the American Legion at 15247 La Cruz Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 and provide their name, address, phone number, branch and years of service, and whether or not they can attend.
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