Lo­cals gather at Hell­riegel’s for Pearl Har­bor Re­mem­brance

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Adam Dodd [email protected]­ald.com @the­re­al­adamdodd on twit­ter

Hell­riegel’s Inn was the site of the an­nual Pearl Har­bor Re­mem­brance Din­ner on Dec. 7.

The ban­quet hall was re­plete with mov­ing mem­o­ra­bilia, in­clud­ing wartorn bat­tle flags taken from the USS En­ter­prise.

There were also cap­tured Ger­man and Ja­panese flags and other ser­vice flags on dis­play in ad­di­tion to strik­ing Pearl Har­bor re­lated im­ages.

The event dates to 1964 when orig­i­nal owner and World War II vet­eran Bill Kochever de­ter­mined that more should be done to memo­ri­al­ize the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line for the cause of free­dom, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The din­ner be­gan as a mod­est af­fair that saw Kochever in­vite his fel­low ship­mates that were sta­tioned aboard the air­craft car­rier the USS En­ter­prise, the re­lease con­tin­ued.

The din­ner con­tin­ued for 30 years un­til Kochever’s death in 1995. New owners — and vet­er­ans — Sil­vio Tri­filetti and Al­bert Di Io­rio re-started the tra­di­tion in 1999.

“Both Sil­vio and I at­tended many Pearl Har­bor din­ners over the years and we wanted to con­tinue the din­ners so peo­ple will re­mem­ber Pearl Har­bor. We don’t want it to be­come a foot­note in the his­tory books. We will con­tinue to re­mem­ber Pearl Har­bor with our din­ner as long as we are the owners,” said Di Io­rio in the re­lease.

“We’ve done away with the uni­form wear­ing and vet­er­ans only re­quire­ment. Now any­one, vet­eran or civil­ian, in uni­form or not can at­tend the din­ner,” he con­tin­ued.

This year’s fea­tured guest speaker was re­tired Lt. Col. Gary Mi­nadeo. A West Point grad­u­ate, Mi­nadeo spent 25 years in the Army as a Se­nior Per­son­nel Of­fi­cer, Platoon Leader, As­sis­tant Flight Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer, and Flight Safety Of­fi­cer with the 2nd Ar­mored Divi­sion in Ger­many and Com­pany Com­man­der with the 1-14th Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment.

ADAM DODD - NEWS HER­ALD

Vet­er­ans min­gle be­fore tak­ing their seats for the Pearl Har­bor Re­mem­brance Din­ner at Painesville Town­ship’s Hell­riegel’s Inn.

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