Only a handful, perhaps a couple dozen, U.S. Navy veterans who trained at Farragut Naval Training Station during World War Two returned Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 for a reunion at Farragut State Park in North Idaho. The youngest of them is approximately 87 years old, and many told stories of lying about their ages to get into the service to fight the Japanese in the Pacific theater. Annual reunions were discontinued several years ago, but informal reunions continue and the living vets keep coming back. They were accompanied by wives and younger family members, as well as widows and families who came in memory of a veteran who had passed away. After a short ceremony of raising the flag, those veterans who were able-bodied enough unfurled a giant flag as “Anchors Aweigh” was played over the PA system. After the visitors toured the museum housed in the former Navy brig building, they gathered at Sunrise Day Use Area for coffee and a barbecue.
George Normoyle, left, of Olympia, Washington raises a military salute during the national anthem during a short program Saturday at Farragut State Park.
“Mack”, a large bronze bust of a Navy sailor by artist David Clemons, looks over the shoulders of World War Two veterans and their families, friends and younger veterans during the short program and flag raising at Farragut State Park.