Six World War two veterans from the Central Valley are represented in the ‘Welcome Home’ exhibit. all six men…in their nineties…payed a visit to the museum today.
A U.S. navy signalman, two army infantry soldiers, an air force fighter pilot, an army medic, and a member of a marine tank battalion. All diverse men…all reflecting on their special exhibit.
“It brings back a lot of mems that was taken in the Philippines it means a lot. Its been an honor very much an honor,” said 95-year-old Bill Biggers of Fresno.
One showcasing original uniforms similar to the ones the veterans wore.
Photos documenting past to present…all commemorated in a piece of Fresno’s very own history, the remaining fixtures from hammer field.
Veteran’s Memorial Museum deputy director Michael Harris says these men exemplify “the greatest generation”.
“It’s a tribute to their legacy and what they’ve done for the country. Our whole lifestyle in some form or fashion was molded and formed by these fellows,” said deputy director Michael Harris.
The Big Fresno fair CEO John Alkire says these men are a living bond.. linking the past and the future..
“Our past is brought forth to the present so future generations can know what a lot of our historians to get Fresno to where it is today,” stated fair CEO John Alkire.
“Our generation was the greatest generation of the century and we did our part when Uncle Sam called us and we all enlisted and did our job for our country,” said veteran Ray Less.
“Very fortunate to have lived so long to see what has happened here, when I went in I was 17 years old the next day I turned 18,” said Les Traeger of Clovis.
The ‘Welcome Home’ exhibit put on by the Veterans Memorial Museum is now a permanent feature at the fairgrounds.