PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, fewer than 600,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in WWII are still alive.
Some of the surviving veterans in Panama City were honored with a Valentine's Day luncheon put on by the Woman's Club of Panama City Friday.
The club celebrated the veterans with a free meal, good conversation, and patriotic songs.
"There are so few left and they deserve all the honor that we can give them," said Stephanie Cantrell, President-Elect of the Woman's Club of Panama City.
The number of WWII veterans is dwindling, only 16 were at Friday's event.
"It's great to come out and not just for the food but meeting people," said Marvin McCain, a WWII veteran.
It wasn't just WWII vets at the luncheon.
"I just like seeing the guys, talking to the guys about World War II," said Bruce Klein, a Vietnam War veteran.
We spoke with a couple who were celebrating Valentine's Day early.
"Both of us have lost our mates and we've been together for five years. Oh, seven. A little bit longer than I thought," said George Dillion, a WWII veteran.
If you know a World War II veteran sit down with them and listen to their stories. They may not be here much longer.