The museum created a temporary exhibit featuring the armed forces, especially those of
"It was a fun exhibit to put together,"
For Williams, remembering
But she wasn't the only person who appreciated the display.
Rice and Hooper donated several items to the display, including a statue of the Lone Sailor and a copy of a newspaper article about Hooper's time as a prisoner of war.
To the two veterans,
"Heroes are the ones who don't make it back," Rice said.
Rice entered the
For Rice, his participation in the wartime effort was based on the country's need.
"It was war time and they needed everyone and the cook," he said.
Hooper left home when he was 15. He entering the
He chose the
"I'm free," Hooper said. "I don't have any worries at all."
Since their time in the war, both men have gone on to provide service to people in the area.
Rice worked for several departments for the
After getting his high school diploma, Hooper worked at Montgomery Wards for 32 years. He also received his real estate license from
Both men expressed their appreciation of the
"I've had a good life,' Hooper said. "I've been fortunate to work and to have good health."
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