The nation’s oldest living World War II veteran was recently greeted with a heroic sendoff, where he embarked on a journey to New Orleans to visit The National WWII Museum.
According to CBS, the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Soaring Valor Program invited 105-year-old United States Army Private First Class Joseph Eskenazi to the museum. In honor of WWII veterans, the Soaring Valor program has invited them to the museum for the past eight years.
Eskenazi was joined by several other WWII veterans that were also headed to New Orleans, as well as his family.
Here’s actor Gary Sinise speaking about the “privilege” of being able to help veterans like Eskenazi visit the museum in New Orleans:
As a Redondo Beach-resident, Eskenazi is the oldest living survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1941, he joined the Army and was stationed at Schofield Barracks when the attack occurred.
According to a statement from the Gary Sinise Foundation, “PFC Eskenazi drove a bulldozer across an open field, while being strafed and nearly hit by Japanese planes, to begin to repair the train tracks to prepare defenses for the expected invasion of Hawaii.”
God bless Gary Sinise for constantly honoring the legacy and lives of American veterans in very fitting ways, especially his most recent heroic sendoff for the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor, 105-year-old United States Army Private First Class Joseph Eskenazi, to visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Eskenazi and other dignified heroes of our great nation were given recognition by Sinise, making something that the veterans will forever hold dear in their hearts. It is through initiatives like these that we honor and pay tribute to all those who served in our nation’s defense forces – god bless them all!