Theaters named in honor of two WW II Navy veterans

Alfred Edwards stands in front of the American flag during a ceremony where two theaters were dedicated to two veterans, one of whom was him.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The National History Center in Auburn is honoring two veterans by naming its two theater rooms after men who served our country in World War II.

Alfred Edwards and John Kern served in the U.S. Navy. However, the two men represent all veterans in all wars since 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Philip Blake, a volunteer at the history center said.

Blake helped put together a ceremony that honored the two namesakes for these rooms.

“We’re celebrating all veterans who put their lives and well-being in harm’s way,” Blake said. “We need to in today’s society do a better job of remembering history or we’ll be bound to repeat it.” Blake emphasized that it’s important that we learn history, “to learn from our mistakes and also to honor the men who fought for this country.”

John Kern served as a boilermaker in the Pacific Fleet. Alfred Edwards joined the Navy in 1943. He’s earned several medals. Edwards also does tours at the history center.

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