Pearl Harbor survivor will be guest at Elma Veterans Day observations


ELMA — Pearl Harbor survivor Lauren Bruner, an Elma High School graduate and native to McCleary, will return home next month for Veteran’s Day celebrations in Elma.

Bruner, 92, now lives in California and is one of only 11 still alive who were on board the USS Arizona during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Elma VFW President Bill Wickwire said that Bruner will be a featured guest during the annual Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 and will be a featured speaker at events at Elma Elementary and Elma High School.

Wickwire is hosting a fundraiser on Nov. 10 to help cover some of the costs of Bruner’s travel. Bruner will be part of a meet and greet and spaghetti dinner, slated for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 10 at Bethany Baptist Church, 1059 Monte-Elma Road, Elma. Cost is just a $5 donation. Reservations aren’t required, but Wickwire requests those who wish to attend to call (360) 482-4425 so organizers have a better idea of how much food to prepare.

The L. Bruner Benefit Fund has also been set up at Timberland Bank, where anyone can go to a branch and donate funds to the account.