CHERRY HILL – More than two dozen World War II veterans were honored Wednesday with a luncheon at the Cherry Hill Public library.
The library, its friends organization, Cherry Hill American Legion Post 372 and Furer-Barag-Wolf Post 126, Jewish War Veterans, co-sponsored the event.
The oldest veteran attending was John Kane, 96, who was raised in the township. He was a telephone communications technician in the European theater from 1943 to 1945 during World War II, which ended 70 years ago.
Keynote speaker Sen. James Beach, D-Camden, son of World War II veteran Francis Beach, urged the veterans to tell their stories in writing or via a video interview because his dad has rarely said a word about his service in the Pacific, including in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
“I would urge you to tell your children and grandchildren because one day they will want to know your stories,” he said.
The library has recorded stories of local veterans in video interviews as an oral history project. They are viewable at at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Quinn-Morris of American Legion Post 372 also has many recorded video interview for the Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project – some of which are from Jewish War Veterans Post 126. Contact Sue at email@example.com if interested in viewing.
Photos below courtesy of Sue Quinn-Morris.