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“It’s a very emotional moment for me, to think of what I thought then and what I think now about other human beings because we’re all the same.” – Army Air Corps P-51 fighter pilot Jerry Yellin
An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people are expected to line downtown Dallas streets in two weeks to celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who served during World War II, which ended 70 years ago.
The city’s annual Veterans Day parade is scheduled for Nov. 11 and features seven grand marshals: six men and one woman. Their names were announced today and include Romus “R.V.” Burgin, whose story was told in the HBO miniseries The Pacific.
King Moss II, parade committee chairman, said the contribution of these people and their fellow World War II veterans can’t be overestimated.
“These people of this great generation literally saved the world,” he said.
Click the link to read the full article: Seven World War II Veterans to Lead Dallas Veterans Day Parade
Yellin is the author of four books; a spokesman for Spirit of ’45, an organization that celebrates the WWII generation; and an advocate for aiding veterans who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. “I hardly could ever go up in a building, a 10-story, 12-story building, without standing by a window and thinking about jumping”.
Wednesday’s trip was Yellin’s first Honor Flight to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., although the resident of Fairfield, Iowa, had seen them several times before. The group departed from the Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing and Fort Wayne International Airport, which began its life as a military air base during WWII.
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What a day this was!
Captain Jerry Yellin gave the luncheon speech in the McClendon Room of The National Press Club on Thursday, September 17th. Jerry spoke about war, peace, and healing. The event was hosted by Ken Dalecki, Commander of the National Press Club’s American Legion Post 20.
After his inspiring speech, Captain Yellin took some time with Commander Ken Dalecki, and his Chief of Staff Tracy McCormick, to play some tunes on the infamous piano in the club’s canteen.
This piano was played by Vice President Harry S. Truman on February 10, 1945, while actress Lauren Bacall perched on top, humming to the music.
Captain Yellin was honored to join the history of The National Press Club. For more than a century, the National Press Club has been Washington’s home where business, news, and social events take place.
“Special recognition goes to the national grassroots campaign and the collaborative efforts of many who share a common goal of preserving the legacy of the Greatest Generation which culminated with the World War II 70th Anniversary Commemoration. Their efforts will continue to inspire future generations, especially the youth of our country.” AFA Proclamation