WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Area World War II veterans came together to reminisce over one of their favorite wartime meals Wednesday morning.
It’s a tradition that is becoming more important each year, as fewer veterans are about to go.
“I enjoyed flying. I was only 18 or 19 when I was flying in the old bombers,” said World War II veteran George Vanvekoven.
Almost seven decades later, Vanvekoven still enjoys sharing stories about his time in the service at the annual World War II Remembered Group breakfast.
“It’s very enjoyable meeting comrades from the Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marines,” said Vanvekoven.
Off the battlefield there was one dish that stood out in the mess hall.
“You always had your choice of SOS which was creamed beef and it was one of the favorites of everybody,” Vanvekoven said with a smile.
Lucky for him and other in attendance, SOS was on the menu, followed by a music biography of the Andrews Sisters.
“There were tears in people’s eyes. Those good old songs, they really do get us,” said Kitty Maret, World War II Remembered Group’s Co-Chair.
The romantic melodies and the sweet lyrics took some for a trip down memory lane.
“Oh heck, it takes me back to my teenage years when there was good music,” said Anna Pennington, whose husband served in World War II.
“It takes me back to the dance floor, something I can’t do anymore,” said Maret.
As the memories rush back, the hands of time tick which is why organizers say gatherings like this are important.
“If we can honor them while they are still here, I think that is a lot better than honoring them when they’re gone,” said World War II Remembered Group member Jo Nelson.
About 80 people came out for the event at the New Hanover County Senior Center.
The group has monthly meetings and welcomes all to attend.