Niagara Gazette — They’ve gathered together for the past 19 years now.
Each year, always on Dec. 7 - the date President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously described as a “date which will live in infamy” - remaining members of the Lasalle High School classes of 1941 through 1945 hold their annual “Pearl Harbor Day Luncheon.”
It is, as the invitation for the event suggests, also known to the members of those classes as “Remembrance Day.”
Every Dec. 7 for nearly two decades, while the rest of the country is remembering those who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this particular group of LaSalle High grads is remembering their fallen colleagues as well - the ones who fought bravely on the battlefields during World War II and during the Korean War. The ones who gave their lives in defense of their country.
“The idea was to honor our classmates who died,” said Jim Fadel, a member of the class of 1944 who helped organize the event. “We thought that they should not be forgotten. They didn’t die at Pearl Harbor, but they died in World War II and we just didn’t want to forget them.”
The members of the five graduating classes involved date back to a time when LaSalle High School was located in the Buffalo Avenue building now known as LaSalle Preparatory School.
The members of each class take turns organizing the annual luncheon. This year’s “Remembrance Day,” held Friday afternoon at the Four Points by Sheraton on Buffalo Avenue, was put together by a committee of members from the class of 1944, including Fadel, Charles Switzer, George Wood and Margaret Bowen.
The real honorees of the special event are recognized on a display that includes pictures of the 42 former LaSalle High students who died while serving in the military during either World War II or the Korean War.