Strangers Help WWII Veteran Attend Today’s Pearl Harbor Ceremonies

What a cool story for this somber day!

It’s the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and many of the few remaining survivors are gathering in Hawaii today to remember and reflect. One of those men, 101-year-old Navy vet Ira Schab Jr, who was on a ship with the bombs hit.

He’s only able to make the trip to Hawaii because of the kindness of perfect strangers.

To get there, he needed two caregivers to go with him.  His family couldn’t afford it, and a charity was only able to pay for one.  So his daughter started a GoFundMe campaign, and people donated over $15,000 to get him there.

The goal was originally $5,000, which they accomplished in about a week! They then raised it to $10,000, and now look where it is!

Yesterday, Schab conducted the US Pacific Fleet Band.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, only about 240,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in WWII are still alive today.