Two commemorative events on April 26 and 27
– The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (CCVMM) will host two WWII memorial events on April 26 and 27. Jim Gregory. Both events are free, but require advance registration due to limited seating.
On Tuesday, April 26, the museum presents the film “The Great Raid” telling the true story of the greatest rescue in American history. Led by US Army Rangers and Filipino guerrillas, pushing 30 miles behind enemy lines, to successfully rescue 500 American POWs who had survived the Bataan Death March and were being held in a prison camp Japanese in the Philippines. The outcome of the Grand Raid influenced additional operations, saving more Allied POWs. The film is rated R for war violence and brief language.
Popcorn and refreshments will be served free of charge. CCVMM will host the film at the American Legion building at 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, across from the museum parking lot. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., a WWII quiz begins at 5 p.m. with prizes, and the movie starts around 5:30 p.m. Places are limited, so register quickly:
On Wednesday, April 27 at 5 p.m., the museum hosts a guest presentation by local author and historian Jim Gregory sharing stories from his book, Central Coast Aviators in World War II. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase at the museum.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served. This event will take place at the Veterans Museum at 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. with free museum tours available, presentation starts at 5:15 p.m.
Registration is free but places are limited: https://form.jotform.com/221006253527
The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum is located at 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, with entrance doors at the rear of the brick building. Events and registration are also available on the museum’s website: www.vetmuseum.org. If you have any questions, please contact the museum at (805)-543-1763 or email the CCVMM Programs Team at email@example.com.
Both events are being held as part of WWII Remembrance Week, a series of 10 free public events across the county hosted by the SLO History Center and five partner museum organizations, between April 24 and May 1, 2022. Events include walking tours, films, author presentations and ‘living history’ lectures explaining how the area was transformed 80 years ago by the start of World War II world.
For a full list of events, visit historycenterslo.org/commemoration.