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Posted on: Sunday, January 7, 2001

Passing along real tales of war to the younger generation

By Catherine E. Toth
Advertiser Staff Writer

With blockbuster war-themed movies such as "Pearl Harbor" and "Windtalkers" opening this year, the volunteers at the Hawaii Intergenerational Network thought that gathering these movie-going young people together to listen to real-life war stories would be a great learning experience. For everyone.

The gathering, titled "Bridging Generations," will give young people age 10 to 20 an opportunity to hear stories from Pearl Harbor survivors and Korean and Vietnam war vets. The free event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 20 on the USS Missouri.

"It will give them a sense of reality and a chance to hear real stories about the war," said HIN executive director Mae Mendelson.

The event, also sponsored by the Emblem Club of the Waikiki Elks Lodge and the Armed Forces YMCA, exemplifies what the organization is all about: Creating opportunities for seniors, children and young people to work together for a mutually nurturing and caring society.

The event will also feature a tour of the Mighty Mo, a service project and a question-and-answer session.

Space is limited, and those interested must respond by Jan. 14. To register, call Jeff Wagner at 235-0880, or e-mail him at

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