Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 17, 2012

WWII veterans share fellowship at luncheon


CROSSVILLE — The fourth luncheon of the year honoring local World War II Veterans was held at Shoney's Restaurant Friday, November 30.  The meeting was attended by more than 30 veterans, who were joined by many wives and guests.  The program featured a presentation and question and answer session by Cumberland County Veterans Service Officer Bill Ward.

Ward's presentation included a detailed report of the duties and responsibilities of his office, and he announced that the local office will move to the Court House in early January.  More than 6500 veterans of all wars currently reside in Cumberland County, and Ward's office provides valuable assistance and support to many veterans and their families.

The luncheon was organized by hosts Bill and Nancy Oehlecker of Lake Tansi, who plan to continue these luncheons every few months in order to provide opportunities for veterans to spend time with fellow servicemen from one of the nation's most important eras.  It was noted that Dec. 7 marked the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II.

Another highlight of the meeting was the awarding of many door prizes. Numerous gifts were provided by Wal-Mart Supercenter and a cell phone was donated by the local Frontier Communications office.

The next luncheon will be held in the first quarter of the new year and notice will be provided in the local media.  Organizers are hopeful these meetings will continue to attract many of the county's World War II Veterans.

For more information readers may call the Oehleckers at 788-6222.