York vets to be honored at breakfast

Jessica Schladebeck

Monday marks 74 years since the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

In this file photo, World War II Army veteran and Battle of the Bulge survivor Charles Fetrow of Dover Township, 92, wipes away tears after he and other participants were recognized during last yea's Pearl Harbor/Battle of the Bulge Remembrance Day ceremony. (Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

The day that "will live in infamy," as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt described it, is a time not only of solemn remembrance, but an opportunity to appreciate and honor those who served in the military during World War II.

The York County Veterans Affairs Office has invited local veterans to its annual Pearl Harbor and Battle of the Bulge Breakfast so that they may be recognized for their service. The event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 in the Crystal Ballroom at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, located 2000 Loucks Road. The event will feature a guest speaker as well as a meal for those in attendance.

The meal will also give those present the opportunity to share stories, reflect and remember the historical events.

More than 2 billion people served during World War II, among them were approximately 16 million Americans.

The enemy attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 brought the United States into World War II — which had already been raging for two years— and resulted in more than 2,400 American casualties.

The Battle of the Bulge, which took place in December 1944, incurred the highest number of American casualties of any operation throughout the war. The German forces launched an offensive strike, catching American troops and their allies off guard. The attack in the Ardennes region of France pushed back the American lines, essentially cutting off troops from supplies and reinforcements in the cold winter months. More than 19,000 Americans were lost during the Battle of the Bulge.

The cost to attend the breakfast is $5 and checks can be made out to the York County Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information visit the veteran affair's website.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.