By Clinton H. Wallace 10:37 p.m. November 11, 2015 @clintonhwallace
Hollywood, Nov. 11 (DGC) – Today Is November 11 2015, Veteran’s day in America and I had the privilege of spending this day of remembrance with the awe inspiring WWII Veteran Leon Cooper courtesy of Vanilla Fire Founder and Producer Tamara Henry at the American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood. Since 1919 Post 43 has been composed of Hollywood’s finest professionals in the entertainment industry and Leon Cooper was honored here today, the event began with opening remarks from Congressman Adam Schiff and a special presentation from the secretary of the US Navy Ray Mabus as well as a “Stars of the Military: Hollywood Star Presentation” to Musical Guest Kenny C who along with his band entertained over 150 veterans and 70 VIPs as they celebrated Vanilla Fire’s patriotic military film series that began in 2008 and led to the repatriation of 36 US Marines in the summer of 2015. Leon Cooper & Tamara Henry along with Director Matthew Hausle Screened “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story.” the film depicts the 95-year old WWII Veteran and national treasure Leon Cooper as he continues the fight for the repatriation of his fallen comrades during his military campaign in the pacific theatre. Cooper was a Higgins boat commander in six major pacific island -hopping campaigns including Iwo Jima and Tarawa, in his duty the young Lieutenant ferried young US Marines into battle.
In the film, Cooper honors the legacy of his fallen marine brothers during the many battles to defend and eventually liberate the Philippines from the brutal grasp of the Japanese Imperial army in which 25,000 Filipinos along with 9000 Americans were killed. During the various campaigns the many brave US Marines that lost their lives still lay in unmarked graves.
There are 88,000 MIAs from WWII that never came home, at age 95 Cooper is the last WWII Veteran in the fight and “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story.” chronicles Coopers brave efforts to have American MIAs repatriated.
Veterans Day 2015 Event Schedule: the American Legion Post 43
American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood
2035 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Noon-12:45pm red carpet arrivals, presentations for the media
1-1:45pm American Legion Post 43 Ceremony in the Atrium and roll call of our fallen comrades
1:45 – 3pm luncheon in Cabaret Room
1:45pm Veteran Jimmy Weldon leads everyone in singing God Bless America after he gives his Flag monologue for youth patriotism
2pm Screening of the Kenny C. music video Say Goodbye
2pm – 3pm Kenny C. and his band during lunch
3pm On Stage presentations
3:15pm Screening of Return To The Philippines (65 minute film)
4pm – 5pm Kenny C. and his band with Tammy Cash
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