Local Business Man and World War II Vet Spoke at Naval Base

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Panama City, FL-- The United States Congress has deemed the week of April 7th through the 15th as the annual Commemoration of the Holocaust.

A time when six million Jews were murdered as well as others who were deemed unfit.

Thursday, the Naval Support Activity held its own remembrance ceremony with a very special guest, someone who witnessed the atrocities first hand.

World War II veteran and local business owner Hy Wakstein was this year's guest speaker.

Mr. Wakstein served in General George Patton's 3rd Army and helped liberate a concentration camp when he was just 21 years old.

Sixty eight years later, he is still willing to remind younger generations about what the greatest generation fought for.

"we take for granted everything we have including our freedom and it's so easily lost. Young people need to know that they have a voice and they need to vote and need to be heard. And they need to be aware of the dangers that exist and if we all do that, we stand a chance at surviving."

21 of Wakstein's family members died in concentration camps, only one a 13 year old cousin, was able to escape.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, there are only 1.5 million left to remind the world of those horrific stories.