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Central Coast veterans reflect on patriotism, sacrifice

Posted at 7:32 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 23:23:52-05

On Veterans Day, the five branches of our military unite to reflect on the patriotism and sacrifice that comes with serving our country.

“It’s to honor the people that not only the people that returned from the war… But also the ones that are no longer here,” said John Saurwein, a Navy Veteran.

Historic weapons and memorabilia fill the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum.

“We are in the business of remembering. We not only talk about it but we learn things just about every day from other veterans,” said Saurwein, who works as a docent at the museum.

It’s a place where local veterans remember their own heroic roles.

I served in the military in the Army in the 50’s,” said Don Mueller. “I still have a friend that I haven’t seen since 1957 but I still talk to him on the phone every couple of times a year. You make a lot of good friends in the Army and he’s the last one I have.”

“I flew out of England, I was a radio operator on a B-24 Liberator,” said Albert Findley, who served in the Air Force during WWII. “I flew 26 missions, I was shot down on my 26th mission, parachuted, spent three months in a prison war camp and spent 29 years in the Air Force.”