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World War II veterans honored at Mehaffie's annual breakfast, calls stories 'heart-wrenching'

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 11/8/19

Editor's note: Read much more about the event in Wednesday's Press & Journal

About 300 veterans and active-duty personnel in the 106th Congressional District attended a veterans breakfast …

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World War II veterans honored at Mehaffie's annual breakfast, calls stories 'heart-wrenching'

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Editor's note: Read much more about the event in Wednesday's Press & Journal

About 300 veterans and active-duty personnel in the 106th Congressional District attended a veterans breakfast hosted by Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Lower Swatara, Township on Friday.

Mehaffie also hosted a breakfast Thursday. During the events on both days, Mehaffie presented citations to 20 World War II veterans.

In the first year that Mehaffie held the breakfast, Vietnam War veterans were honored. Last year, he honored Korean War veterans.

“As you know, most World War II veterans are coming of age and unfortunately passing away,” Mehaffie said.

Most of the veterans who attend the breakfast fought in the Vietnam or Korean wars, Mehaffie said, adding that younger veterans also attend.

It can be hard for World War II veterans to talk about their experience during the war. He described their stories as “heart-wrenching.”

“To realize what they went through, it’s sad, some of it. But at the same time, they did what they needed to do. They knew what they wanted to do, and they knew they were fighting for our freedoms. And we experience that today because of all of these veterans that were here today, and all the veterans across this state and across this country. So we’re very, very lucky to have those that want to serve, [and] those that have served,” Mehaffie said.