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World War II Roundtable celebrates with veterans

December 20, 2012
  • World War II veterans and a number of others attended a Roundtable Christmas party were dressed in uniform in honor of the occasion.
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World War II veterans and a number of others attended a Roundtable Christmas party were dressed in uniform in honor of the occasion.



The Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable held its fourth annual Christmas Party honoring World War II veterans Dec. 5 at the Robinhood Retirement Community in Hagerstown.

Fifty-three guests attended, including 14 WWII Army, Air Corps and Navy veterans, and those who served in Korea and Vietnam. Family members and friends of veterans also celebrated the dinner and entertainment.

“It was a most successful evening,” said Chip Zimmer of Hagerstown, founder and president of the roundtable. “Veterans exchanged stories with those of younger generations that got to experience the camaraderie that exists between men and women who served in uniform some 70 years ago.”

Entertainment included a French film, “Joyeux Noel,” that told the story of WWI German, French and Scottish soldiers leaving their trenches to sing Christmas carols and exchange looks at family photos during a few hours of peace on Christmas Eve. Following the film, World War II veteran Jack Myers led the dinner group in many of the songs that were sung in the film.

Zimmer, active in the program to record and preserve both audio and visual interviews of World War II veterans, has involved The Potomac Highlands Roundtable in producing such interviews.

They are frequently presented live at monthly meetings of the roundtable the first Wednesday of each month at the Morris Frank American Legion Post 42, 405 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown. The interviews will be housed at the Florida State University’s Institute on World War II.

Additionally, partnering with the WWII Memorial in Washington, area vets will be interviewed next month to preserve their stories in the WWII Memorial’s archives.

World War II veterans are invited to join the Roundtable without any membership fee. Others interested in World War II — historians, teachers, students, relatives of WWII veterans and the general public — who might want to become members of the Roundtable, should contact Jim Neville at jdneville73@hotmail.com or simply come to the next meeting on Jan. 2. 

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