Pearl Harbor Survivor Honored

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Veterans from the Korean War, World War II, and other various battles were honored Friday at Town Park assisted living in Brazil, an event that organizers are proud to have put on for those who risked everything.

“This is for people that aren’t able to get out or whatever, that they know that we still care, that they’re still remembered and that’s the important part,” says Lonnie Boyce, Commander of American Legion Post 2, Brazil.

Among those who were honored was Thomas Hill, who was serving the United States Navy during the time of the Pearl Harbor attacks.    

“I appreciate anything that anyone said about us. We did try to do the best that we could,” said Thomas Hill, Pearl Harbor veteran.

On this date, Hill remembers fighting at all costs to not only protect himself, but also those serving alongside him.

“I’m not saying it’s the most joyful thing because when you’re fighting, it’s not very nice to be out there shooting at somebody but whatever is necessary, that’s what we did,” says Hill.

77 years after the infamous attack that killed thousands of Americans, Hill believes we must always revisit our past to help fix our future. “I think that any attack, everybody should know about it.”

Hill says he is honored by the ceremony that was put on today but he still has other service members on his mind. “I think it’s quite an honor for you to select me to do that. I mean there’s a lot of other service men too.”

This honor is shared by those who organized this event. “I think it’s very important that we honor. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, so we need to honor our veterans I believe,” said Tyra Bushee, Town Park activity director.

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