The Pine Island VFW Post 4353 had services for Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7. Commander Paul Birdwell conducted the services and at the conclusion, the Pine Island American Legion Post 136 Honor Guard fired a rifle volley, then taps were played. The Honor Guard consisted of Art Haley, captain of the guard, members Dick Thomas, Pete Trazzera, Ron Zaremba, Keith Keefer, Gene Gargano and bugler Frank Tuagner.
Considering all the veterans on Pine Island and members in both these Veterans Clubs the turn out was shameful. The back room for the VFW was not even half filled, and of all the officers of the American Legion three attended and they were in the honor guard. The rest of the honor guard four and two other members were present.
The captain of the honor guard, Art Haley, and the rest of the guard were very disappointed in the small turnout and could not understand how people could ignore attending service for this occasion. We realize there are not many World War II veterans left, but we the living should honor them for their service to this country.
The Pine Island American Legion Post 136 Honor Guard during the Peark Parbor Day ceremony at the Pine Island VFW Post.