Local veterans visit WWII Museum in New Orleans

For eight years, staff at Riemann Family Funeral Homes has been taking local veterans on an annual trip to the World War II Museum in New Orleans. Every year it is a day to remember and honor those who have served.

With a police escort and a salute from Gulfport Fire Department, Coast veterans were on their way bright and early to a day they would remember forever. Army Veteran John Luna said, “This is about my fourth or fifth trip with them. Every time it is a new experience, but overall, it is just a wonderful experience.”

Most of the veterans in attendance today were on that same level of enjoying seeing the lives and what things were like for those soldiers in a war that took them on an unprecedented journey.

John Snow served in the Air Force for 33 years with two tours in Vietnam and three tours in Korea under his belt. “It brings back a lot of memories and it is great to be able to come here and see all of the old veterans.”

This trip was also a time for exchanging stories of their time serving our country, some happy and others harder memories. “My brother served in World War II and the Korean War so it is a military deal for us. He couldn’t come to see this because of the things that he went through in the Korean War and World War II.”

Looking back for veterans and civilians it was a good day to learn just a portion of what life was like in the war that changed our country forever.  Chad Riemann with Riemann Family Funeral Homes said, “You know this is just a small way to say thank you for their service. Although we don’t have any World War II veterans with us this year, the veterans that are here certainly know the service and sacrifice that those before them made and then of course the service and sacrifice of them and their brothers and sisters in arms.”

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