According to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there were 498,944 veterans living in Indiana in September, with more than 3,500 living in Cass County. It is estimated that more than 28,000 WWII veterans were living in the state in September.
Cass County Veterans Services Officer Larry Lowry said events like the one Shively will be hosting Saturday are important to ensure service members’ contributions are not forgotten.
“This country was basically kept free by our servicemen and women and this is our way of making sure our younger people especially know some of the stories that happened,” Lowry said. “World War II is considered the greatest generation. These vets went through some really tough times. They gave everything just for our freedoms today. It’s important for us to be made aware of what happened.”
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him: @PharosMAK
If you go: WHO: Dr. John C. Shively, author of "Profiles in Survival: The Experiences of American POWs in the Philippines during World War II" WHAT: Book signing and presentation about the Pacific Theatre of World War II WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Logansport-Cass County Public Library, 616 E. Broadway