ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. This holiday weekend is also an extra special time for a group of World War II veterans who are renuniting in Albuquerque.
Dozens of WWII veterans have come from all over the country to stay at the Sheraton Uptown for their 68th annual reunion. The group picks a new city to come to every year-- and this time, it's right here in Albuquerque.
The veterans say the reunion is something they look forward to all year long. It's a chance to re-connect with each other, share stories, bring their families, and honor their fallen comrades.
The men are members of the 104th infantry division of World War II, formed in 1942 at Camp Adair in Oregon. The men fought in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.
The division has also been recognized as a liberating division. Members discovered and freed prisoners from a concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany.
The men say they feel very proud to be a part of this division-- and to be able to maintain a close bond.
“It does the heart good to see people you were close to. Having been in combat, coming back to them, it's like family," said WWII Veteran Simon Kaplan.
There were 45 veterans at this year's reunion, but there are over 1000 members of the division who are still alive.
The group didn't forget their fallen brothers; they were honored with a memorial service this weekend.
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