Honoring those who served in WWII
WALKER,LA(NBC33) — People across the area gathered in Walker to pay tribute to those who served in World War II. It was all part of the William W. Perkins World War II Memorial weekend event.
Helmets, tents, tanks, and more helped turn Sidney Hutchinson Memorial Park in Walker into a World War II scene. Robert Reynolds organized event to honor World War II veterans.
"The World War II veterans have a special place in my heart, because of the fact they did stand up to tyranny. They prevented world domination by another country," Reynolds said.
"Brings back a lot of memories first of all," Tollay Fletcher, World War II Veteran who served in the US Navy, said.
World War II veterans came to remember a time when things were very different.
Fletcher said, "Everything was much more simple. We didn't have all this different high tech equipment and so forth... You went aboard ship and each one had a job to do, and you just did it. Things like cigarettes aboard ship were like six cents a pack. "
Kids got a hands on history lesson.
"All kinds of different guns and vehicles they had back then. What their tools look like, and how they used them. Especially the bunkers they used," Trent Lott, event goer, said.
Event goers got to check out demonstrations of weapons used in the war, plus see what life was like for those who served.
"History and in case you have a book report at school you know all about it," Lott said "... Supporting our troops."
Reynolds said that's the goal make sure veterans stories and the sacrifice of those who served will always be remembered.
"The younger generation needs to listen to these stories and understand the sacrifice that those men and women had to give so that we could live free," Reynolds said.
This was the second year for the event in Walker.