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World War II veteran recognized for service on 79th anniversary of V.E. Day




Lloyd Havrilla and his sister, Dee Poindexter.

Lloyd Havrilla and his sister, Dee Poindexter.

FLUSHING — The 79th anniversary of Victory in Europe or V.E. Day was May 8 and one member of the Flushing Area Senior Center was honored for his service in Germany.

Ninety-five-year-old Lloyd Havrilla of Flint was honored at the senior center by his friends and family.

Havrilla said he was drafted to fight in World War II. One of the memories he shared about his service was sleeping on top of a tank, which provided more warmth than his sleeping bag at the time.

Save for his service overseas, he’s been a lifetime Flint resident and frequently visits the senior center to have lunch and catch up with friends he’s made there.

“This is a nice place to be,” said Havrilla. “People are always so friendly. It’s almost like having another family.”

He was gifted a commemorative World War II Army-style watch and an American flag that was flown over the state capitol in Lansing. The flag was provided by Senator John Cherry’s office.

Lloyd Havrilla shows off the watch he received in recognition of his service in Germany during WWII.

Lloyd Havrilla shows off the watch he received in recognition of his service in Germany during WWII.

Havrilla plans to fly the flag he received May 8 on his front porch.

He said he remembers when most people hung American flags from their homes.

“Everyone was patriotic, including me,” said Havrilla.

The event to honor Havrilla was organized by FASC member Tom Ossowski, who recently moved back to Flushing. He also worked to collect enough money from FASC donations to purchase the watch for Havrilla.

“Tom had the idea and just ran with it,” said FASC Director Greg Matheson. “He wanted to make sure Havrilla received recognition for his service.”

Many of the visitors gathered around Havrilla while he was honored for his service were friends he’s made by attending FASC.

“Most of us sitting here were in the military and have lost our wives,” said Ray Dennie of Mt. Morris. “We’ve been able to bond and build friendships with one another because of those experiences.”

Havrilla adds when he’s not at the senior center, he enjoys going for walks, especially to Riverview Park, and thoroughly enjoys attending Concerts in the Park during the summer months. He’s also been known to travel to Swartz Creek to enjoy concerts in the park as well. He said he also enjoys traveling and spending time in Florida, but that one of his favorite trips was to Acapulco, Mexico.

Friends and family members of WWII veteran Lloyd Havrilla gathered together in honor of his service in Germany on the 79th anniversary of V.E. Day on May 8. Pictured are Bob Sartor, Norm Clutts, Tom Ossowski, Greg Matheson and Ron Poindexter, Ray Dennie, Lloyd Havrilla and John Oliver. Photos by Madeline Campbell

Friends and family members of WWII veteran Lloyd Havrilla gathered together in honor of his service in Germany on the 79th anniversary of V.E. Day on May 8. Pictured are Bob Sartor, Norm Clutts, Tom Ossowski, Greg Matheson and Ron Poindexter, Ray Dennie, Lloyd Havrilla and John Oliver. Photos by Madeline Campbell

Havrilla’s sister Dee Poindexter said he keeps busy and loves to talk with people and enjoys attending FASC’s monthly Veterans Coffee Hour.