Local Veterans Visit The National WWII Museum in New Orleans

Contributor: Sarah Duffey
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Updated: 11/06/2013 7:49 pm
They left around 8 a.m. this morning from Riemann Funeral Home. This is the second time Riemann has sponsored this trip. Last year, only 50 people were able to go, but this year, the sponsors made sure there was a spot for everyone who wanted to go. Chester Yates is almost 94 years old. Eight of those years were spent on active duty during WWII, for the U.S. Navy. Yates says, "I was lucky in more ways than one, with the torpedoes flying everywhere and my ship never got a scratch." Yates escaped death a second time during the war, when he fell and rolled off his ship. Luckily, Yates was able to grab onto the bottom life line as he fell, and pulled his way up, his feet almost dangling in the water. Yates also says, "Two or three times in my life have been divine intervention, and I don't know what the Lord saved me for. I really don't." Almost ironically, Riemann Family Funeral Home is supporting local veterans, like Yates, who have cheated death. Chad Riemann, President of Riemann Family Funeral Home, says, "As we approach Veterans Day, it's a great way to say thank you." On this special trip, there are 92 veterans, 12 of which served in WWII. Yates says, "Well, it's a great honor and something for years I never expected." At the museum, the veterans enjoyed the interactive displays and replicas of the planes and ships they once served on. George Roberts, another WWII veteran, says, "Oh, I enjoyed it. Oh, in fact I look forward to coming to this place. In fact I’ve been here three times in the last ten, eleven years." Olen McManus, another WWII veteran, says, "It’s a great experience. It’s a wonderful museum. I've never seen anything quite like it and we're really having a good time enjoying it all." After a long afternoon looking around the museum, the veterans headed home worn out, safe, and happy. Next year, Riemann Funeral Home hopes to take more veterans to the museum.




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