Bob and Wally

Pictured are veterans Robert Lott and Walter “Wally” Hurd, who will head to Normandy next year for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club will host its annual Veteran’s Day breakfast Sunday, and is seeking to help fund a local veteran’s trip to France.

The breakfast will be held Sunday from 8-11 a.m. at Gobbler’s Knob, located at 1548 Woodland Avenue Extension.

PGC Executive Director Katie Donald said the breakfast is tradition, and something members look forward to attending.

“The Veteran’s Breakfast is one of the Groundhog Club’s favorite events to host,” she said. “It’s a privilege to serve and honor those that gave so much for our country.”

The Mahoning Valley VFW Post 2076 is in the midst of hosting a fundraiser to send a Jefferson County veteran on a special trip down memory lane.

Private Walter “Wally” Hurd, who was in the 82nd Airborne Division and parachuted onto Normandy Beach on June 6, 1944, is a member of VFW Post 2076.

Hurd is now 94 years old, looking to make a trip back to France in June of next year for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Donald says. The American invasion was instrumental in the ending of World War II.

Robert Lott, a fellow veteran and VFW Post 2076 member, has offered to accompany Hurd on the trip. The VFW is asking for help in funding the trip, so Hurd can revisit his past and bring a friend with him, too.

“Although quite spry for a man his age, it certainly would be helpful to travel with someone on whom Wally could rely if needed,” said the VFW in its news release.

All funds for the trip are due by Feb. 19, 2019. VFW Post 2076 has started a “GoFundMe” page for Lott and Hurd — www.gofundme.com/pvt-walter-hurd.

Donations can be made at Sunday’s breakfast, or also sent to:

VFW Post #2076

P.O. Box 33

Punxsutawney, PA 15767

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