Northeast Louisiana Wold War II Veterans Honored

Monroe -- The brave men who served say remembering World War II is still very emotional.

Willie Lappimore, a WWII veteran, says,"Now its getting more easy than it was. Back then you would think about it, and it seemed like you had nightmares all the time."

The veterans believe getting together and talking about their experiences is necessary.

"It means a lot to get the veterans together because a lot of people didn't know what we had to fight with," says Lappimore.  

Veterans say they want to share their knowledge with the younger generations.

"Most of our population does not remember that war. It is only remembered in the pages of history books," says another WWII veteran.  

One Monroe teen is listening to the veterans. Fourteen-year-old Baylee Regan brings the cultural symbol of the end of the war out of the history books and into the war veteran's home.

"Its like history being brought back to life. The past is becoming the present," says Regan. 

The director of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum agrees and believes learning from past veterans can help us honor current military members.

"It is just so important because we need to remember that spirit. We need to keep it alive, that spirit of '45 when we were so appreciative of the men and women serving our country. We still have young men and women serving," says director Nell Calloway of the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum.

Veterans say the community support and honor is very meaningful.

"This really means a lot to gather with the veterans that went through the same things you did," says Lappimore. 

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