Lookout Tower friends to honor veterans

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LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower will host  'Turkey, Tunes & Tales' at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Ave.

The combined social event and seminar will honor area veterans of all wars.

The evening will include a turkey dinner and social followed by a presentation from area veterans of their recollections of our nation's wars, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.

Following will be a presentation by living history interpreter Rich Chiemingo highlighting the music popular during the eras represented by America's wars from World War II to the present.

Admission is $20 for Friends of the Tower and $25 for members of the public; admission includes dinner and program.

Join the Friends group and get discounted admission to this and future events.

Registration is requested by Jan. 21. To register, call 884-5404 ext. 115 or stop by the Hill House office at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Monday through Saturday during business hours. Space is limited.

Adults are asked to bring a young person with them so the group can advance one of its primary goals, which is developing in the younger generation an understanding and appreciation of not only Cape May's important role in World War II, but of the traits of patriotism, loyalty, and self-sacrifice so characteristic of the people of these war years.

The World War II Lookout Tower, located on Sunset Boulevard, was used for spotting enemy ships during World War II and aiming guns for nearby coastal artillery fortifications. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) restored the tower in 2009 and opened it to the public.

Family members can honor loved ones through memorial plaques mounted permanently at the site. An All Veterans Memorial was dedicated at the Tower on May 19 and is open throughout the year for quiet contemplation.

For more information, call Bob Heinly at 884-5404, ext. 134.

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