Little notice was taken locally this past Aug. 15, the 65th anniversary of the ending of World War II.

With members of what one author termed “The Greatest Generation” rapidly dwindling in number, some local historians want to form a group to study mankind’s most violent conflict and honor the men and women whose efforts led to the defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

An organizational meeting will take place 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea, said Phillip Seyfrit, Madison County’s Historic Properties Director.

“Our world would be a very different place if not for the heroic efforts and sacrifices of parents, grandparents and, in some cases, our great-grandparents,” Seyfrit said.

Seyfrit, who has been a leader of the Madison County Civil War Round Table that meets bi-monthly, said the new group will be called the Central Kentucky World War II Round Table.

“We hope this new organization will appear to people across central Kentucky who want a better understanding of what their forebears did to maintain the freedom and prosperity of the western world,” he said.

Meetings likely will take place on the third Friday evenings of February, April, June, August and October. Yearly dues of $25 for individuals and $40 for families have been suggested.

In addition to the war’s effects on nations and individual lives locally, the war effort also led to the creation of the Blue Grass Army Depot, which remains one of Madison County’s largest employers, Seyfrit said.

The city of Richmond’s Recreation Center on Second Street was built as a National Guard Armory in 1940 as the United States became to arm itself in the face of German aggression in Europe and Japanese aggression in Asia.

Friday evening’s organizational meeting will be a dinner affair with attendees enjoying a $15 buffet.

“Reservations are not necessary,” Seyfrit said, “but we’re asking those planning to attend to call 623-8979, so we will know how many to prepare for.”

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 624-6622.

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