Veterans’ organizations host ‘Sentimental Journey’

Sentimental Journey — from left to right Hans Brehmer, Dina Blade and Ray Puddicombe — will perform in Rosburg in September.

ROSBURG — On Sunday, Sept. 10, American Legion Post 0111 (Deep River) and the Veterans’ of Foreign Wars Post 5297 (Cathlamet) are co-hosting a performance of “Sentimental Journey.” The event will take place in the Rosburg Hall with a start time of 6:30 p.m.

Sentimental Journey has won rave reviews at every performance and is truly “must see” entertainment. It features 92-year-old World War II veteran Ray Puddicombe, singer Dina Blade and pianist Hans Brehmer. With the trio dressed in period appropriate army clothing and a backdrop of WWII memorabilia, Puddicombe takes the audience through his induction into the U.S. Army, including the indignities of military medical examinations, experiences on the European front and insight into the life of the WWII soldier in battle. His recollections evoke a range of emotions in audience members covering the span of outright belly laughs to teary-eyed empathy.

Puddicombe’s recollections are interspersed with songs from the WWII era performed by Blade to the music of Brehmer. Blade has just the right voice for this genre of music and Brehmer is perfection on the ivories. It’s easy to see this trio enjoys each other’s company and entertaining their audiences.

The public is invited to attend this performance. The two posts are extending special invitations to members of other VFW and American Legion posts as well as all veterans and current military personnel and their families. Admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted and used to support the posts’ assistance to veterans, local communities and student scholarships.

To reach the Rosburg Hall, turn south off State Route 4 on Altoona-Pillar Rock Road and take the entrance road on the right just before the bridge. Altoona-Pillar Rock Road is about 8 miles east of Naselle and some 3 miles west of the community of Grays River.

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