High school's class of 1940 reunites 72 years after graduation

POSTED: Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 10:04am

It's a time of celebration for a group of graduates who received their diplomas 72-years ago.

The Plains Memorial High School Class of 1940 held their reunion at the Plains Ambulance Building in Plains, Pennsylvania.

This marks their 28th class reunion.

"It takes you back to the days when you were real young. It isn't just a case of coming, having a meal and leaving," said classmate Bill Melnyk.

Fellow classmate Maggie Antinovitch added, "I'm really thrilled that we all still do it. We're 90 years old and we're still going!".

Dozens are still going from the original class that numbered 248.

They graduated at a time when gas was 18-cents a gallon and Franklin Roosevelt was president.

The class sent many of its young men off to war.

"91 of our boys were in service and we had three Pearl Harbor survivors," said Ms. Antinovitch. S

urviving all of these years is what's so surprising to career military veteran Robert Serafin who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

"I don't know how we lived that long, especially me," said Mr. Serafin. "People keep asking me what I'm doing right, I wish I knew," said Mr. Melnyk.

He drove from Michigan to make the class reunion.

He actually has one reason for his longevity.

"If you rest, you rust so I have to keep moving," he said.

The reunion included congratulatory notes from Vice President Joe Biden, Congressman Lou Barletta and State Senator John Yudichak.

Living all of these years has taught the Class of 1940 an important lesson for us all.

"Never forget the old people because one day you'll be old," said Mr. Serafin.

The Plains Memorial High School Class of 1940 Reunion Committee meets once a month for lunch.

The committee will soon begin planning its 29th reunion to be held next year.

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