Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

Friday, December 7 at 6 pm

Stan Van Hoose WWII Vet

Mark Finnegan of VetsRoll.org will present on this innovative program for veterans and “Rosie the Riveters.” VetsRoll takes veterans on a 4-day bus trip to Washington DC each May to view war memorials, cemeteries and museums. The purpose of these VetsRoll trips are to provide veterans with closure, gratitude and respect. Mark will share a video of the VetsRoll experience.

Attending this program will be special guest Stan Van Hoose. Stan was stationed on the USS Maryland on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. Stan went on to be involved in a total of seven battles over the course of WWII (Pearl Harbor/ Guadalcanal/ Russell Islands/ Peleliu) plus Midway Atoll/ Solomon Islands and Tarawa Atoll onboard four different ships. Stan’s tough upbringing served him well during WWII, as he became the Pacific Fleet Light-Heavyweight boxing champion. He attained the rank of Chief Quartermaster in just 46 months, specializing in navigation and signal duty. Stan will answer questions about his experience from the audience.

The Spare Parts Quartet will kick off the program with a patriotic concert. The Spare Parts Quartet is comprised of Gwen Torkelson, Kay Hinck, Bonnie Senkowski and JoAnn Bray.

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Veterans Project – Library, a weekly gathering at the Dwight Foster Public Library. The group is coordinated by the U.S Veterans Project – Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 9 am to 3 pm in the Wisconsin Room at the Dwight Foster Public Library. It is open to all veterans, their family members and others who would like to learn more about military history and operations.