Area veterans will observe the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7 with a Southeast Regional Veterans Fair and Pearl Harbor Day recognition in Monticello at the VFW/American Legion Hall, also known as the Miles-Foss VFW Post. A namesake of the Miles-Foss VFW, Rodney Shelton Foss, is believed to be one of the first casualties of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. on December 7 with a 2.2 mile veterans walk open to all veteran supporters, followed by a Pearl Harbor Day recognition ceremony at 10 a.m., veterans services clinic beginning at 10:30 a.m., and a chili cook-off at 2 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be offered for $5.

The free, veterans clinic will bring together county, state and federal Veterans Affairs experts to assist veterans with numerous services such as veterans claims and health eligibility assistance. Veterans service officers will have access to the veterans digital records among other services. Veteran service officers will be available for assistance throughout the day.

Among the vendors in the hall will be a display with museum quality pieces that tell the human side of World War II. Also, DeWitt 8th grade class members will interview veterans for their history class project. Veteran volunteers are sought to be available for these students to interview.

The Miles-Foss VFW Hall is located on Veterans Drive in Monticello but those using Google Maps will find that the address listed on Google Maps is 131-179 Briarcliff Rd. in Monticello. The VFW Hall is east of Hyatt Field and the the Monticello Senior Citizens Center.

Use the following links for registration.

Veterans Walk Registration

Chili Cook-Off Registration

Dewitt Students Volunteer History Project Interview Registration

Vendor Registration