World War II Veterans Relive Vivid Memories

Nov 09, 2015, 15:45 ET from PruittHealth

ATHENS, Ga., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors, and coworkers and an important part of our communities.

Nearly 10 million veterans are age 65 or older. These veterans have lived through it all. There are more than 40,000 veterans who served in all the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras.

Ronald Reagan once said, "Gentlemen, I look at you, and I think of the words of Stephen Spender's poem. You are men who in your 'lives fought for life . . . and left the vivid air signed with your honor.'"

D-Day is a monumental part of our nation's history that no one will ever forget. 

"It's ingrained in my memory, there was wave after wave of airplanes. There were ships galore with balloons flying on their bows. Look at all the work and money that went into creating this. We just overwhelmed them," Bob Saveland said.

"I'm 99 years old, and I still remember marching into a free Paris where its residents were glad to see American soldiers," said James Eure.

"When the war ended in Europe, I already returned to America. My wife and I, newly wed, were having dinner on 57th Street in New York when I learned the good news. Everybody got up from the restaurant and walked down to 42nd Street. It was quite an event to be had there," Saveland recalls.

It is more than evident that James Eure and Bob Saveland still have the most vivid memories of their service. It's something they have never forgotten over the years. These two brave American heroes were honored for their service in World War II at the state Capitol by Consul General of France Denis Barbet. Eure and Saveland currently reside in Athens, Georgia and are patients at PruittHealth – Athens Heritage.

Every day here at PruittHealth, it's our honor and privilege to care for our nation's heroes. We strive to provide the same level of integrity and commitment that all of our veterans demonstrated while in service. These patriots have served our great nation and defended our way of life. Don't we owe the same to them? Let us serve our veterans as well as they have served us. As George Marshall once said, "We are going to take care of our troops and veterans, first, last, and all the time."

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