Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Senior Living: Byrd discusses WWII experiences at Friends luncheon

From Staff Reports

As a tribute to all the soldiers who never returned home from World War II, Senior Friends member John Byrd, gave a “close up and personal” account of the post-war efforts to locate, identify and return home the remains of those killed in action.

Byrd, guest speaker at the group’s November meeting, served throughout Germany, France, Holland and Belgium. He also discussed his experiences at the Nuremberg Trials, a series of military tribunals held by the Allied forces, for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany. The tribunal was given the task of trying 23 of the most important political and military leaders of the Third Reich.

In addition, in a true spirit of giving back to the community, members brought Christmas gifts fulfilling the “wish lists” of Newnan Nursing & Rehabilitation Center residents. Next month’s meeting will be held on Dec. 19 at the Coweta Fairgrounds. The program will feature Judy Mackey, whose musical program is guaranteed to put everyone in a holiday spirit. Lunch costs $7 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 770-400-2574.

Senior Friends is an organization of citizens aged 50 and older sponsored by Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Benefits include a meeting with speaker or entertainment and lunch the third Wednesday of each month, bridge every Wednesday afternoon, community service projects and group trips. Annual membership is $15, or $25 per couple. For more information, call 770-400-2574 or contact Louise, president, at 678-423-9289.

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